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Blizzard kills one in crash near Rooster Rock

Portland woman killed when SUV slides off icy highway into tree


Police have identified a woman who died in a car crash Friday afternoon during blizzard conditions on Interstate 84 near Rooster Rock State Park.

Kimberly Hayes, 37, of Portland was pronounced dead at the scene after first responders could not revive her with CPR, said Lt. Steve Mitchell, spokesman at Oregon State Police.

The driver, 35-year-old Andrew Evensen of Portland, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.

At approximately 2:09 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, Evensen was driving westbound on Interstate 84 near Rooster Rock State Park when he lost control of the car, Mitchell said.

The 1988 Ford Explorer slid off the highway and collided broadside into a tree.

According to authorities, highway conditions were extremely bad with ice covering the road, blowing snow and wind gusts up to 35 mph.

Both Portland residents were wearing seat belts, police said.

State troopers from the Fish and Wildlife Division were the first to repond to the scene.

Oregon State Police are still investigating the crash.



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