Early Friday morning deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a head-on collision on Highway 20 at Highway 223, west of Philomath.
Catherine Koch, 37, of Depoe Bay was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when she collided with a loaded dump truck. The truck was loaded with dirt and towing a trailer also loaded with dirt. Koch was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck, David Clark, 60, is from Albany. Police say there is no indication of alcohol or drugs as being a factor in the crash. Highway 20 was closed for 4.5 hours while the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Crash Team investigated the incident.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Seirup at 541-766-6858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.