Three members of a Pendleton-area family died late Wednesday afternoon in a head-on crash near Milton-Freewater.
According to Oregon State Police, Edwin Vilho Nurmi, 71, of Pendleton, was driving southbound on Highway 11 near Milepost 22 in the area of Upper Dry Creek Road in dense freezing fog conditions. Nurmi was driving on a curve when his 2002 Buick Century crossed the double yellow center line and collided with a northbound 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup pulling a horse trailer. Ned Joseph Londo, 66, of Milton-Freewater, was driving the pickup. The collision stopped both vehicles in the northbound lane.
Nurmi's wife, Rae Udell Nurmi, 72, and the couple's son, John Edwin Nurmi, 50, also were in the Buick. All three died at the scene. The couple was wearing seatbelts, but the son was not, OSP said in a news release.
Londo also was wearying a seatbelt and the pickup's airbags inflated. He received minor injuries. An ambulance took him to St. Mary Medical Center in nearby Walla Walla.
The crash also killed a dog in the Nurmi's car and a horse in the trailer.
Emergency workers closed Highway 11 for about 4-and-1/2 hours following the crash. OSP troopers from the Pendleton and Milton-Freewater offices are continuing the investigation.