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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Baker City
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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(Baker City, Oregon) - Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of local police and emergency responders, are continuing the investigation into an early Thursday morning single vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 84 about five miles west of Baker City that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to 15 others. The van is reportedly registered to New Life Worship Center in Federal Heights, Colorado and is affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Masters Commission. The group was enroute to Portland, Oregon for a conference to raise funds for the commission's mentoring program. Crash scene investigators are done at the scene and continuing to gather information with the help of agencies in Oregon, Idaho and Colorado.
Updated information from OSP Lieutenant David MacManiman is that on November 12, 2009 at approximately 5:20 a.m. a 2002 Ford van driven by an adult female with fifteen (15) passengers was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 302 after making a brief stop in Baker City. As the van was westbound on icy highway conditions, it drove off the roadway and rolled multiple times coming to rest on its top near the center median.
Fourteen of the 16 occupants were ejected from the van. The female driver was using safety restraints and received non-life threatening injuries.
The remaining 15 passengers were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries, four of which were later flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho with critical injuries.
A male passenger died after arrival at St. Elizabeth Health Services hospital in Baker City.
The 9 female and 7 male van occupants are described as between the ages of 18 – 26.
OSP troopers from the Baker City office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of OSP collision reconstructionists.
Emergency responders from Baker City, La Grande, Baker Rural, and Keating responded to help along with people who stopped to assist.
More information will be released later today when available.
Questions for New Life Worship Center can be directed to (303) 428-9535.
OSP thanks all local responders, hospital staffs, Federal Heights Police Department, Boise Police Department and others for their help today.