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Crash kills W.S. man, injures 3 on Saturday

Highway 26, at Fir Lane

   Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday night's fatal traffic crash involving a pickup and commercial truck on U.S. Highway 26 about four miles northwest of Madras.
   The crash resulted in the death of a Warm Springs man and injuries to three others.
   According to Trooper Justin Hyser, on Oct. 1, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a 2002 Ford pickup driven by Anthony W. Blueback, 19, of Warm Springs, was southbound on Fir Lane when it failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 26.
   The pickup crashed into the right side of a westbound Freightliner truck and semi-trailer driven by Charles D. McConaha, 55, of Auburn, Wash.
   After impact, the pickup traveled off the highway and came to an uncontrolled stop on the north side of Highway 26. The truck and semi-trailer came to a stop in the westbound lane.
   The pickup's right front passenger, William James Trimble, 43, of Warm Springs, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
   Blueback and rear passengers David Brian LeClaire, 23, and 3-year-old Apaullo LeClaire, both of Warm Springs, were injured.
   Blueback was transported by AirLink to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. The two rear passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Mountain View Hospital in Madras with nonlife-threatening injuries.
   McConaha was not injured.
   The 3-year-old child was not in a child safety seat and was only using a safety belt. Safety restraint use of the other pickup occupants is pending confirmation.
   OSP troopers from the Madras and Bend offices are continuing the investigation.
   Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Warm Springs Police Department, area fire personnel and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.
   The highway was closed for about five hours during the scene investigation.