Patricia Eversull of Pendleton died in a crash early Sunday morning on Highway 395 a few miles outside Pendleton, Oregon State Police has reported. The crash also injured Daniel Sheets of Chehalis, Wash.
It was the first of three fatal crashes Sunday on highways in Eastern Oregon, according to OSP.
OSP Lt. Greg Sherman said in a news release the 36-year-old Eversull was driving a 2008 Ford F350 pickup Sunday at approxiamately 3:30 a.m. northbound on Highway 395 near Milepost 7, about four miles south of Pendleton. The vehicle started to slide on the icy road, Sherman reported. Eversull tried to correct the sliding pickup, but it traveled off the roadway onto the east side shoulder.
The pickup struck a rock and dirt embankment, bounced back onto the roadway and overturned, the news release said. It came to rest on its top in the northbound lane.
Sheets, 39, freed himself and attempted to help Eversull, the news release said. Emergency responders said she died at the scene.
A Pendleton ambulance took Sheets to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Eversull and Sheets were wearing seat belts, Sherman said, and the pickup's airbags opened.
OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Later Sunday, two separate crashes in Malheur County killed two men.
Around 9:30 Sunday morning, 53-year-old Pete Liles from Eldorado Hills, Calif., died in a single-vehicle crash south of Burns Junction on Highway 95 near Milepost 86 when the pickup he was driving lost control on icy roads, went off the highway and rolled several times before coming to rest about 50 feet off the highway. He died at the scene, OSP said.
Passenger Tina Stephens, 43, also from Eldorado Hills, freed herself from the pickup, OSP said, and an ambulance took her to a hospital Winnemucca, Nev., for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The third fatal crash happened Sunday around 3:10 p.m. on Highway 20 near Juntura. OSP reported 35-year old Ruben Rios from Boise, Idaho, died and four others suffered injuries when the 1999 Toyota 4Runner they were in slid off the highway, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree.
Rios was in the right front passenger seat when he died, OSP reported. The driver, a 35-year-old man from Boise, and two children a 5-year-old boy a 6-year-old girl received medical treatment at an Ontario hospital. A 32-year-old woman passenger from Twin Falls, Idaho, suffered non-life threatening injuries. An air ambulance took her to a hospital in Boise.