Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 226 east of Scio that resulted in the death of an elderly Scio-area woman and non-life threatening injuries to her husband.
According to OSP Sergeant Mike Iwai, on November 3, 2012 at approximately 4:40 p.m., a 1985 Chevrolet Blazer driven by OLIVER E. JAMES, age 79, from Scio, was eastbound on Highway 226 near milepost 18. For an unknown reason, the vehicle traveled off the south side of the highway and crashed head-on into a tree.
Right front passenger SHIRLEY J. JAMES, age 76, was critically injured and transported to Salem Hospital where she was pronounced deceased after arrival. OLIVER JAMES was transported by ambulance to Stayton Hospital and later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University. They were not using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Don Rummer is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lyons Rural Fire Department and other local emergency responders.
Photograph courtesy Oregon State Police