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Driver identified in Thursday's fatal accident south of Dallas

Scene of fatal accident Thursday afternoon near Dallas.

Photo by Emily Mentzer

Scene of fatal accident Thursday afternoon near Dallas.

January 24, 2014

DALLAS -- Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a loaded log truck and sport utility vehicle on Kings Valley Highway (Highway 223) about three miles south of Dallas.

According to OSP, Thursday at about 1:15 p.m. a loaded log truck driven by Robert E. Sweet Jr., 49, from Klamath Falls, was traveling northbound on Highway 223 between milepost 6 and 7 when a 2000 Ford Explorer driven by Stanley Paul Dankenbring, 64, from Dallas, crossed the center line and collided nearly head-on with the log truck.

Dankenbring was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sweet and his passenger, Laura Sales, 48, from Klamath Falls, were not injured.

All involved persons were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.

The highway was closed for nearly four hours. It reopened at about 5 p.m.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire District No. 1 and Oregon Department of Transportation.