Jan 01,2007 00:00
A 20-year old Salem woman was killed Friday afternoon when she lost control of her small car on ice and snow-covered Highway 20 about three miles east of the Santiam Junction, crashing nearly head-on with a commercial truck towing a trailer, said authorities.
Kara Marie Copeland of southeast Salem was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 78, about ¼ mile east of Lost Lake when the accident occurred about 12:40 p.m. December 29, said Sgt. Eric Brown with the Bend command office of Oregon State Police (OSP).
Copeland was using safety restraints and her car’s airbags deployed, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck driver, 51-year old Ronnie L. Simmons of Scappoose, was not injured. He was also using safety restraints, said OSP.
Oregon State Police troopers from both Albany and Bend Area Command offices responded to the crash, and assistance was provided by Sisters Fire Department personnel.