One person died and seven others received nonlife-threatening injuries Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 126E about 7.5 miles south of the junction with Highway 20, on Santiam Pass.
According to Oregon State Police trooper April Lang, on Jan. 5, at approximately 2:06 p.m., a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo sport utility vehicle driven by Norman D. Good, 30, from Eugene, was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 7 when it lost control on packed snow/ice road conditions and slid sideways into the westbound lane.
A westbound 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by Antonio Rico-Sanchez, 42, of Culver, crashed into the passenger side of the Isuzu. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the westbound lane.
The right front passenger in the Isuzu, identified as Joshua Eugene Christensen, 28, from Veneta, was pronounced deceased at the scene by a physician who had stopped to provide medical care. He was using safety restraints.
Good and three Isuzu passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment. All were using safety restraints or child booster seats. The passengers were identified as Dante Good, 8, Devin Good, 6, and Kassie Good, 4.
Rico-Sanchez was using safety restraints and was transported by a private party to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of minor injuries.
His passengers Brianna Stun, 6, and Yardley Rico, 6, were also transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. Both were also using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office. Excessive speed does not appear to be a factor.
Sisters Fire Department, Black Butte Police Department, ODOT and Sisters/Camp Sherman Ambulance assisted.
Highway 126E was closed about two hours at the crash scene.