Apr 03,2007 00:00
Two Shelton, Washington residents were killed and a seven-year-old girl received non-life threatening injuries in a single vehicle crash on Highway 38 about five miles east of Scottsburg near the southern Oregon coast, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported. Investigators believe the crash may have happened early Monday morning but wasn’t discovered and reported until late Monday afternoon. James Oien and Darla Whitener were killed, and 7-year-old Emily Whitener was injured in this crash on Highway 38 near the southern Oregon coast – OSP photo
James Oien and Darla Whitener were killed, and 7-year-old Emily Whitener was injured in this crash on Highway 38 near the southern Oregon coast – OSP photo
Oien and his front-seat passenger, 25-year old Darla J. Whitener, were pronounced deceased at the scene. They are believed to have been wearing safety restraints, and both front airbags in the vehicle deployed.
Whitener’s 7-year-old niece, Emily Whitener of Olympia, Washington was seated with safety restraints in the left rear seat and was injured, troopers said. She remained in the car until sh was discovered by rescue personnel who provided initial medical reatment before she was transported to the hospital. On Tuesday morning hospital staff reported she is in fair and stable condition.
OSP troopers said that the trio left the Wilsonville area on Sunday about 10:30 p.m., and were on their way to Winchester Bay to meet with family.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Assistance at the scene provided by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and numerous local fire and rescue personnel. Highway 38 was closed about three hours during the scene investigation.