Crash on Highway 126 takes life

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Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon’s two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 126W near Mapleton that resulted in the death of a woman. Three people from the other vehicle were transported for examination of possible minor injuries. The victim’s name is releaesed in this update. The other driver’s name will be released when available.

On August 18, 2012 at approximately 1:20 p.m. a 2002 Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle driven by 32-year-old Karlie Jean Hobson from Eugene, was westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 9. For an unknown reason, the Toyota drifted across the centerline toward an eastbound 2007 Dodge four-door pickup pulling an enclosed trailer. The Dodge’s driver moved toward the right guardrail but couldn’t avoid a near head-on crash.

Hobson was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.

The pickup’s driver and two passengers were transported by ambulance to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence. They were treated and released. The driver’s name is not available. The passengers are identified as 21-year-old Zachary Roe and 21-year-old Jacob Blankenbaker both from Vancouver, Washington. All were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue Department and ODOT. The highway was restricted to one lane of travel following a brief closure until the scene was cleared.