INDEPENDENCE -- A 70-year-old Independence man died Tuesday afternoon, June 8, and his wife was seriously injured following a single vehicle crash on Highway 51 near Independence.
According to Oregon State Police Trooper Joseph Skipper, at about 4:10 p.m. on June 8 a passenger car driven by Kathryn Louise Huston, 72, of Independence, was southbound on Highway 51 near milepost 4.
The vehicle traveled over the fog line into a ditch, continuing until it flipped as it crossed a driveway and rolled. It came to rest on its top in the frontyard of a home in the 3900 block of Highway 51 with both people trapped inside.
Huston and her passenger, Donald Huston, 70, were extricated by Polk County Fire District No. 1 personnel and transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance. Donald Huston was pronounced dead at the hospital and Kathryn Huston sustained serious injures.
Both were using safety restraints and air bags deployed.
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation.
Polk County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted at the scene.