Woman dies in head-on crash with semi on Hwy 126
CLEAR LAKE, Ore. - A woman who reportedly threatened to harm herself crashed head-on into a semi truck on Highway 126 on Monday, Oregon State Police said.
The woman died from her injuries after being pulled from the wreckage and flown to a hospital in Bend.
The truck driver suffered minor injuries.
According to the initial investigation, a 2007 Toyota RAV4 driven by Darla Renee Lamb, 48, of Blue River was eastbound on Hwy 126 when it crossed the centerline and crashed nearly head-on with a westbound 2013 Volvo truck pulling a trailer near Carmen Reservoir Road.
After the crash, the semi went off the south side of the road and came to rest in some trees.
Emergency crews got the call at 7:50 p.m. While en route to the scene, the Lane County Sheriff notified state troopers of an attempt to located a Blue River woman for a welfare check after she reportedly made statements she might harm herself.
Upon arriving at the scene of the crash at 8:44 p.m., the trooper noted the RAV4 matched the description of the vehicle sought by the sheriff.
Lamb had been pulled from the wreckage and flown by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. She later died from her injuries at the hospital.
The truck's driver, Donald T. Cloe, 77, from Las Vegas, Nev., was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries.
Witnesses told state police the Toyota was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Troopers are continuing the investigation.