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Jan. 18 Donald-Aurora wreck claims life of 14-year-old Springfield boy

A Jan. 18 crash at the Interstate 5 Donald-Aurora interchange has claimed the life of a 14-year-old Springfield boy.

The Oregon State Police said Friday that Carlos Daniel-Perez died of his injuries Friday morning at Oregon Health & Science University hospital.

He was one of six people injured when a van crashed into a rear of a tanker truck on the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 5 at the interchange.

The boy, his father Carlos Perez-Trujillo, 41, of Springfield, and sister, Sarah Perez, 12, were not using seat restraints, the OSP said and were the most seriously injured of the van occupants.

The father was released after treatment of his injuries. Sarah Perez, is still hospitalized at OHSU but her condition is improving the OSP said.

They were passengers in the 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by Heron Mendez, 66, of Springfield. Mendez and passengers Jacob L. Williams, 36, and Louis Zenon-Meza, 28, both from Eugene, were treated at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Their injuries were not life threatening.

The truck's driver, Richard Reienmuth, 68, from Gering, Neb., was not injured. His truck was carrying approximately 27,000 gallons of latex but no HazMat spill occurred.

The accident closed the on-ramp and at least one lane of Interstate 5 northbound for about 2 1/2 hours.




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