Head-On Collision on Interstate 84 Kills 1, Seriously Injures Another


A head-on collision on Interstate 84 Friday night left one person dead and another seriously injured.

The Oregon State Police responded just after 8 p.m. to a report of a two-vehicle collision on I-84 near milepost 216.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge 3500 pickup operated by Gabriel Madrid Velasquez, 55, of Kennewick, Wash., was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and collided head on with a Ford Fiesta, operated by Kari Ann Lindeman, age 49, from La Grande.

Lindeman was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.  Velasquez suffered serious injuries and was flown via life flight to St. Mary’s Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash.

The westbound lanes were closed for about six hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Umatilla Tribal Fire Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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