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February 8, 2013
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon’s two vehicle serious injury traffic crash that occurred in the vicinity of the intersection on Highway 730 at Highway 37 north east of Hermiston. Three people, all not using safety restraints, were seriously injured in the crash.
On February 7, 2013 at approximately 4:50 p.m., a 1999 Kenworth truck pulling a flatbed trailer driven by Steven Voth, age 62, from Orthello, Washington, was eastbound on Highway 730 near milepost 193 approaching the intersection with Highway 37. A 1989 Dodge pickup pulled out in front of the truck and was struck in the left front side. After impact, the truck and flatbed trailer came to rest on a dirt embankment along the north side of Highway 730.
The Dodge pickup’s three occupants were not using safety restraints and received serious injuries. Driver Mackenzie Jo Dyer, age 20, from Hermiston, was transported by air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center. She was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Passenger James W. Cook Jr., age 22, from Boardman, was transported to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Washington. Passenger Kortlan Lucas, age 21, from Hermiston, was transported to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
Voth was using safety restraints and was not injured.