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Arizona woman killed, husband seriously injured in Hwy. 97 crash N. of Chemult

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Oregon State Police
OSP says semi driver was braking for traffic, trailer slid into oncoming lane, struck SUV on icy Hwy. 97 Monday morning.
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ODOT
AirLink helicopter at scene of crash on Highway 97 north of Hwy. 58 junction Monday morning.
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ODOT TripCheck
Crash closed Hwy. 97 north of Hwy. 58 junction Monday morning.

(Update: OSP releases names, details of crash)

OSP: Truck driver was braking for traffic when trailer slid into oncoming lane

CHEMULT, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A 65-year-old Arizona woman was killed and her husband was seriously injured Monday when a semi-truck driver braked for traffic on icy U.S. Highway 97 north of Chemult and the trailer slid into the oncoming lane and smashed into their SUV, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers from the Bend Area Command and La Pine Outpost responded around 11 a.m. to the reported four-vehicle crash north of Chemult and the state Highway 58 junction in Klamath County, troopers said.

An investigation determined that the driver of the 2020 Freightliner, a 30-year-old California man, was braking for vehicles slowing in front of him when the tractor-trailer slid and crossed into the oncoming lane.

The trailer collided with a 2016 Mercedes SUV driven by a David Goulding, 64, of Anthem, Arizona, accompanied by his wife, Karen Goulding, 65, who died at the scene.

David Goulding was flown by AirLink air ambulance to St. Charles Bend for treatment of life-threatening injuries, troopers said. The truck driver was treated for minor injuries, and no injuries were reported among occupants of two other vehicles involved in the crash.

“Winter weather conditions and speed were a contributing factor in the crash,” OSP said in a news release.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Chemult Fire and Rescue.

It was one of several crashes around the region as near-freezing temperatures made for slick, icy roadways.

Due to a lengthy closure, a detour was established at Crescent via the Crescent Cutoff Road and Highway 58.

Another late-morning crash involved two vehicles on Highway 20 just north of Empire Avenue, sending one driver to the hospital, according to those involved. Both southbound lanes were closed for a time, but one reopened before noon and the other a short time later, ODOT reported.

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  1. Not only does this increase all of our auto insurance costs, but it increases the cost of doing business when it involves semis- my heart goes out to the people and companies that suffer because oregon doesnt keep its roads clear in winter like other states, its true we have some rough weather but thats not really an excuse, just an indicator we need to innovate and do better

    1. YOU NEED A DRIVING LESSON.How the hell did we ever get along before you moved here.we don’t want our vehicles and bridges rusted out.or trees killed or the runoff in our rivers. IF YOU NEED SALT MOVE.this is oregon no one here to hold your hand.

        1. It affects our economy just as much as peoples lives, fascinating that the folks who claim to not mind constantly icy dangerous roads and below speed limit travel for days at a time, are the same folks always complaining about rural oregons lackluster economy… i wonder if theres a connection

        2. Like I said the other day, 97 is deadlier than the china koof. So is 20 and 126.
          Sad but true and you don’t have to publish this. It is just a reality check for you.
          Cheers.

    2. As someone who has been driving all around multiple states in all seasons I can suggest that Oregon has done and still does a very good job of taking care of the roads, at least till the road acid became more common – and even now doing at least as well as neighboring states. Hwy 97 is soooo much better than it used to be before the trees were trimmed back from the road. The issue with hwy 97 and hwy 20 is they are so straight that people complacent and get to pushing their speed higher than maybe they should be for conditions. Granted there are days where in certain spots ODOT may drop the ball, on average they do a very good job. We, as drivers,need to take responsibility for our own driving habits – I know that idea is not politically correct but…..

          1. Its not my own travel im worried about, but people who cant afford a good snow car, or not from the north, or driving a low-spec commercial vehicle, etc… they pay a steep price every year for oregons bad roads and i apologize to them.
            .
            Fixing this issue would be a good way to reduce the cost of doing business in our state too, something the magas are always worried about

            1. Low spec commercial vehicle ? What are you talking about ?
              You keep complaining about the cost of doing business in Oregon
              and blame a handful of crashes on 97 every year for that.
              If you are so concerned about the cost of doing business in Oregon,
              take it up with your beloved Democrats in Salem…
              Thanks to them, they have managed to recently push several very large businesses
              that have been in Oregon for many years, across the river into Washington.
              THEY are the problem…

        1. And have you seen a 3 YO car from there?
          Any classics still around?
          Nope.
          If you want to destroy your expensive ride drive through salt water.
          And before you say I don’t know what I am talking about, I was born outside of Detroit Michigan when it wasn’t a S^^^hole and it is built on a huge salt mine and cars last short years in the winters.
          Get good tires and drive slower and you WILL survive. I have.

      1. That’s true. 58 can be a crap shoot at times. I’ve gone over the Willamette several times late at night plowing snow with the bumper.One of the worst spots in the state is at Hogg Rock on the Santiam, but that’s not a road crew issue, they need to blast that area and reduce the number of slides that come down onto the road…

    3. Looks to me the road is plowed and sanded. The guys I’ve talked to who put down the cinders say excessive speed blows the cinders off the road. Can’t use a heavier cinder or rock because of damage to windshields and paint chips. You want salt move to the east coast.

      1. And the people whose job it is to maintain these roads are the last people we should be trusting to admit theyre doing a bad job, go sit and watch the bend trucks someday, they dont put the plows down even theyre cindering over inches of snow, i dont clear my own driveway that poorly so its tough to watch cities and state pretend its good enough

    4. Oregon as a whole maintains roads quite well. Unfortunately, this accident was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. ODOT does what they can, but it’s nearly impossible to keep up on every bit of roadway in the state. So they concentrate on the most traveled areas with higher accident rates first.

  2. AS slick as it was here in Redmond I’m just glad I wasn’t down there near Chemult. I’ve driven 97 down there with icy conditions and wouldn’t take my family with me.

        1. The semi drivers on 97 are the main hazard, not uncommon to see them running 3 & 4 at a time. They have the attitude that they’re at work with a schedule to keep and the road is theirs. I know it’s unrealistic but if only we could ship all products by rail and eliminate truckers. There is hope on the horizon with advances in autonomous technology.

        2. I dont. With that said those drivers should be trained to be aware of slick roads and the weight of their vehicles (stopping distance). I would bet if thats drivers trailer slid into the other lane he was moving to fast for the road conditions and used his breaks too much.

  3. In winter many drive the roads as if they are dry, without snow, ice or freezing rain, then we are all harmed with serious even fatal accidents. Slow down, no vehicle is designed to drive freeway speeds in snow and ice. So many (not this case) buy an SUV when moving here and think nothing else has to change. Drive in deep snow off the main roads and be surprised when they get stuck and have to call for rescue, or lose control on the highway when slowing for traffic. The world of personal responsibility isn’t working out well all the time

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