MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a fatal traffic crash Monday evening along the McKenzie Highway near Clear Lake involving a passenger vehicle and commercial truck. The crash resulted in the death of a Blue River area woman and minor injuries to the truck driver.
On September 24th, at approximately 7:50 pm., OSP and area emergency responders were dispatched to a reported serious injury crash on Highway 126 near milepost 6 and Carmen Reservoir Road. While en route to the scene, OSP was notified by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) regarding a welfare check attempt. Deputies were trying to locate a Blue River woman driving a 2007 Toyota RAV4.
An OSP trooper who arrived at the scene of the crash at 8:44 p.m. noted the involved vehicle matched the description of the vehicle sought by LCSO. Medical responders from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District and Black Butte Fire & Rescue advised the vehicle’s female occupant had been extricated and transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.
The initial investigation indicated Darla Renee Lamb, 48, from Blue River, operated the RAV4. It was eastbound when it crossed the centerline and crashed nearly head-on with a westbound 2013 Volvo semi truck pulling a trailer. After impact the truck and trailer traveled off the south side shoulder into trees where they came to rest. Witnesses told OSP the Toyota was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed prior to the crash.
After arrival at the hospital, Lamb died from her injuries late Monday night. Safety restraint use by Lamb is unknown at this time but her vehicle’s airbags did deploy.
The truck’s driver, Donald T. Cloe, 77, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries. He was using safety restraints. He was driving for Swift Transportation.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Michael Berland is the lead investigator.
In addition to the mentioned fire departments, OSP was also assisted at the scene by EASE, the Black Butte Police Department and ODOT.
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