One Person Dies in Multi-Vehicle Accident on Highway 11


One person died Friday in a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 11 in Umatilla County.

Just after 5 p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a report of a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 11 near Highway 332.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Chevrolet Spark, driven by Prithvi Singh, 30, of Milton-Freewater, exited the parking lot of a convenience store and turned northbound into a continuous left-turn lane.

The Chevrolet continued and entered the northbound lane where it was struck from behind by an Acura MDX, operated by Vicki Pearce, 62, of Walla Walla.  The Chevy Spark traveled uncontrolled into the southbound lanes where it struck a Jeep Grand Cherokee, operated by Mary Cowling, 38, of Milton-Freewater.

Singh was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pearce, the operator of the Acura, suffered minor injuries.

Cowling, the operator of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a passenger, Troy Hahn, 38, of Milton-Freewater, were transported to St. Mary’s hospital in Walla Walla by private vehicle with minor injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately five and a half hours during the on-scene investigation.

The OSP was assisted by Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Milton-Freewater Police Department, Milton-Freewater Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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