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.

 Posted by at 1:18 PM

  2 Responses to “Name of man killed in car vs chip truck accident released by OSP”

  1. This story breaks my heart. Just the other day someone passed me in a no passing lane going uphill. Thank goodness there was noone coming. I wish people would realize that the five minutes or less saved is not worth risking your life. Hopefully at least one person will learn from a tradgedy like this.

  2. How much do you want to bet that the driver the dead man was attempting to pass was not even driving the speed limit? I get behind drivers like this all the time, but I never pass unless it is a passing lane. While I think what he did was stupid, I also think that things like this would be less likely to happen if Law Enforcement were as gung-ho about writing tickets for Impeding Traffic as they are for Speeding Tickets.