NORTH POWDER - A 16-year-old Baker City girl died and her 17-year-old passenger was seriously injured early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash east of North Powder.

Oregon State Police reported the accident occurred on Interstate 84 eastbound about three miles east of North Powder, a little after midnight. Officers at the scene said the driver of the 1996 Ford Explorer wasn't using safety restraints, but the injured passenger was.

Jacquelyn M. Collard, 16, of Baker City, is reported to have lost control on an icy stretch of the highway. The vehicle drove off the right shoulder, struck a fog marker and rolled over a barbed wire fence, coming to rest in a field.

Collard was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Samantha J. Jeffords, 17, of Baker City, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker City. OSP Sgt. Dave MacManiman said there was no indication alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Oregon State Police from the Baker City office are continuing the investigation. Assisting at the accident were the Baker County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Quick Response medical personnel and Baker Valley Fire Ambulance.

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