Woman Dies in Crash in Northeast Oregon

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Fatal Wallowa County Crash
A Washington woman was killed Monday when her vehicle went off the highway and down a steep embankment in Wallowa County.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OSP

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of a single vehicle crash down a steep embankment off State Route 3 north in Wallowa County on Monday.

At approximately 3:54 p.m, OSP was notified of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on State Route 3 near milepost 7. Preliminary investigation indicates that, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sonja Louise Johnson, 23, of Asotin, Wash., was traveling northbound when her vehicle, a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero, crossed the southbound lane and continued off the shoulder and down into the canyon. The vehicle rolled approximately 500 feet before coming to rest near the bottom. First-responders on-scene discovered Johnson deceased in the vehicle. She was wearing her safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted by Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, Wallowa County Search and Rescue, Enterprise Fire Department and Joseph Fire Department.