Passenger safety law looks to save lives

SALEM - In an effort to reduce death and injuries among young passengers, a change to Oregon law now requires drivers to secure children under 8 years old or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches in booster seats.

The law also requires infants to ride rear-facing until they are both 1 year of age and weigh at least 20 pounds.

These changes are brought into effect based on research showing that adult lap and shoulder belts often fail to properly protect young children.

For more information contact ACTS Oregon Child Safety Resource Center at 800-722-1315 or visit the following web link.

Loader catches fire at mill

JOHN DAY - Flames shot up from the cab of a loader that caught fire Friday at the Malheur Lumber Company.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was kept contained to the loader by firefighters from the John Day Fire Department.

Nyssa-area Man dies after crash with cow

BURNS - A Nyssa-area man, returning from his honeymoon with his wife, died after suffering injuries sustained in an accident on July 3, involving a cow on Highway 20 about 20 miles east of Burns.

The newlyweds were reportedly returning home from a trip to northern California.

Ramiro Gonzalez, 19, collided with the cow, then veered off the road and crashed through a fence. The vehicle then caught fire.

Italia Gonzalez, 18, was able to get her husband out of the vehicle and he was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He died the following day. She was taken by ambulance to Harney District Hospital in Burns and was treated for minor injuries.

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