Aug 122012

Tom Pastor, OSP photos and Kuhry’s Facebook page

Update, Sunday, 1:10pm
Oregon State Police have released the name of the man who died in Friday’s head on crash near Eddyville. Charlie Kuhry, 26, of Eugene. Kuhry was killed instantly while passing a car in a “do not pass” zone on Highway 20 at milepost 29. Kuhry’s Honda sports car hit the front end of the fully loaded chip truck at high speed, scattering auto and truck parts over a football field length of highway.

Kuhry died but truck driver Ronald Ford, 49, of Eugene escaped with minor injuries. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

According to Sergeant Cari Boyd, at approximately 2:10 pm, a passenger car driven by Kuhry was eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 29 when it attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone. A commercial truck pulling a loaded chip trailer driven by RONALD R. FORD, age 49, from Eugene, was westbound when the car came into his lane of travel. FORD couldn’t avoid the car and both collided head-on.

Car driver Kuhry driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FORD escaped his truck as it became engulfed in flames. The truck’s cab burned to the ground. FORD had minor injuries and wasn’t taken to a hospital.

Both were using safety restraints.

The scene extended approximately a half mile causing the highway to be closed several hours during the incident response and investigation.

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