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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Harrisburg
11/29/2010
Sergeant Craig Flierl
Oregon State Police - Albany
(541) 967-2114

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two-vehicle crossover fatal traffic crash that occurred on Interstate 5 about one mile south of the Harrisburg interchange. An Albany-area man was killed and the other driver received non-life threatening injuries. Conditions were icy and visibility limited at the time of the crash.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Craig Flierl, on November 29, 2010 at approximately 6:30 a.m. a 1994 Ford Taurus station wagon driven by KYLE R. SPANIER, age 23, from north Portland, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 215 when it traveled through the grassy median into the left southbound lane and collided head-on with a 1999 Chevrolet pickup driven HENRY RAYMOND ZIMMERMAN, age 67, from Albany.
 
ZIMMERMAN was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
SPANIER was extricated by fire personnel and transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with non-life threatening injuries.
 
Both drivers were using safety restraints and their vehicle's airbags deployed.
 
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Speed and icy conditions are believed to be contributing factors.
 
Investigating troopers have not located any witnesses and anyone with information to assist in this investigation is asked to contact Sergeant Flierl at (541) 967-2114.
 
Southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed about 30 minutes and completely opened by 10:30 a.m.
 
ODOT and fire department personnel from Halsey-Shedd, Harrisburg, and Albany assisted at the scene.