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Update #4: Third Van Occupant Dies from Injuries Sustained in November 12th Crash West of Baker City
11/22/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

(Baker City, Oregon) – The Ada County, Idaho Coroner's Office notified Oregon State Police (OSP) today of the death of a third person who was a passenger in a November 12th fatal van rollover crash on Interstate 84 about five miles west of Baker City. The investigation has not been completed nor reviewed by the Baker County District Attorney's Office, so no additional details will be released.
 
According to Ada County Coroner's Office, PHILLIP JOEL HARRIS, age 24, from Attalla, Alabama died early Sunday morning, November 22nd, at a Boise-area hospital where he was being treated since the crash.
 

On November 12, 2009 at approximately 5:20 a.m. a 2002 Ford F-350 van with 16 occupants was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 302 on icy highway conditions when it drove off the roadway and rolled multiple times. The van came to rest on its top about 50 yards from the westbound lanes near a bordering frontage road. Two passengers died as a result of the initial crash and fourteen others were transported to hospitals in La Grande, Baker City and Boise, Idaho for treatment of injuries.
 
Five passengers, including HARRIS, were last reported in the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. The conditions of the other four passengers who were at the Boise-area hospital are not available for this release.
 

OSP troopers from the Baker City office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of OSP collision reconstructionists.
 

The van was reportedly registered to New Life Worship Center in Federal Heights, Colorado and affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Masters Commission. The group was reported to be enroute to Portland, Oregon.
 

No additional investigative information is anticipated to be released until reviewed by the District Attorney's office.