Wednesday, December 9, 2009
DALLAS -- Two people were killed and three others seriously injured during a two-vehicle collision on Highway 223 near Dallas on Sunday, Oregon State Police said.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:34 p.m. on Dec. 6, as Rebecca Dunaway, 24, of Salem was driving a 1994 Hyundai Excel traveling east on the highway near milepost 3, said OSP Sgt. Corey Simons.
For an unknown reason, a westbound 2002 Dodge Durango driven by Barrett Overhoff, 27, of Dallas crossed the double solid center line and collided head-on with the Hyundai, Simons said.
Dunaway was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Her passenger, Damon Wachtler, 18, of Keizer was flown by a REACH air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, but later died from his injuries, OSP said on Dec. 9. Both were using safety restraints.
Overhoff was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The passengers in the Durango, Jennifer Dobbins, 33, of Dallas and a 3-year-old girl, were also transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.
Dobbins was using safety restraints, and the child, whose name was not available, was in a child safety seat.
OSP troopers are investigating the cause of the crash. Alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor in the accident, which closed the highway for 3« hours, OSP said.