Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a Friday evening two vehicle double fatal traffic crash along Highway 22 about three miles west of Dallas. The crash resulted in the death of two males and serious injuries to another male and a female. Names and other related information will be released at a later time following approval from the District Attorney’s office and confirmation of next of kin notifications.
Preliminary investigation indicates on April 4 at approximately 7:04 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Polk County 9-1-1 of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 10 west of Van Well Road. OSP troopers, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Dallas Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and confirmed a head-on crash occurred between a Ford Ranger pickup and a Toyota RAV 4 sport utility vehicle. Both vehicles contained two occupants.
The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male passenger in the pickup and an adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle were both seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.
The area where the crash occurred is a two lane highway. The pickup was traveling westbound and the sport utility vehicle was eastbound.
OSP troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from Keizer Police Department and OSP. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.