OSP: 3 die, 3 injured in Hwy 221 head-on crash


Highway 221 was closed for 4.5 hours Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A girl and two adults were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 221 late Monday morning.

Oregon State Police Troopers were called out to the roadway at milepost 10.5, south of Dayton, just before noon. According to their preliminary investigation, 33-year-old Krista Ashley was driving a Volkswagen Passat north when she crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a black Chevy Cruz driven by Susie Valdez, 69.

Police are uncertain what caused Ashley to cross into southbound traffic.

Valdez and her passenger, Robert Valdez, were both killed in the crash.

An adolescent girl in the Passat was taken to the Salem Hospital where she later died from her injuries. Ashley and two other passengers, 28-year-old Daniel Norris and another girl, all sustained serious injuries in the crash and were taken to the hospital.

Highway 221 was closed in both directions for more than 4 hours while authorities investigated and later cleared the scene. The stretch of roadway was reopened to traffic just before 5 p.m. Monday evening.

OSP said their investigation is ongoing.

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