Trucker, 85, turns left, oncoming Toyota driver dies


Joseph Eby of Monmouth was 50

A Life Flight helicopter in action, 2019 (Courtesy: Life Flight)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The driver of a Toyota Tundra died after slamming into a turning semi-truck Thursday morning near Independence in Polk County.

Joseph Eby was headed south on Corvallis Road shortly before 11 a.m. when a 1980 International 9400 semi-truck turned left onto Parker Road. Eby’s Toyota hit the semi, authorities said.

The 50-year-old from Monmouth was airlifted to a Salem hospital for treatment but died from his injuries.

It’s not known if the truck driver, 85-year-old Rollin Knight of Sweet Home, was injured.

In a message to KOIN 6 News, Jacob Eby said: “My dad was killed in the crash in Polk County and would like to inform you that my family does not blame the truck driver and that we wish people would pray and send love to the truck drivers family too. That would be what my dad would want.”

The crash remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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