Highway 35 crash takes life of 18-year-old

Update 10/17 10:20 a.m.: Oregon State Police have released additional information about Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash, including the name of the victim. Information release from OSP included below:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an 18-year old female along Highway 35 about ten miles south of Hood River. The names of the victim and other driver are released in this update.

According to OSP Sergeant Les Kipper, on October 16, 2012 at approximately 3:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by SAVANNA K. HOLLOWAY, age 18, from Cascade Locks, was trying to access Highway 35 from a driveway on the east side of the highway when it pulled in front of a northbound flatbed truck loaded with pears. The flatbed truck collided into the Honda's driver side.

The flatbed truck's driver, NICHOLAS V. LAURANCE, age 29, from Mt. Hood / Parkdale, was not injured.

HOLLOWAY was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Both were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Mark Jubitz is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Parkdale Fire Department, and ODOT.

Update 10/16: 6:45 p.m.: Additional information from Oregon State Police:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are still on scene of Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a female along Highway 35 about ten miles south of Hood River. The names of the victim and other driver will be released Wednesday morning.

According to OSP Sergeant Les Kipper, on October 16, 2012 at approximately 3:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda CRV sport utility vehicle driven by the victim was trying to access Highway 35 from a driveway on the east side of the highway when it pulled in front of a northbound flatbed truck loaded with pears. The flatbed truck collided into the Honda's driver side.

The 29-year old male driver of the flatbed truck was not injured.

The Honda's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her name, age, and residence information will be released Wednesday.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

OSP is assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Parkdale Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway is still closed and a detour is in place for traffic in both directions. Traffic updates can be found at www.TripCheck.com.

This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available.

Highway 35 is blocked just north of Neal Creek Road near Mile Post 92 due to a fatal traffic accident involving an SUV and a fruit truck.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m. and law enforcement and emergency services are currently on the scene.

Oregon State Police, Hood River County Sheriff units, ODOT and multiple local fire agencies are currently on the scene.

Detours around the accident scene have been established.

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