The following is an Oregon State Patrol news release:
Troopers from the Pendleton Area Command have concluded their on scene investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash, which resulted in the death of one of the two vehicles drivers. The occupants of the other vehicle received none or minor injuries.
Today, at approximately 8:50 a.m., a two vehicle crash occurred on SR Hwy 11 at MP 20 near Pendleton, Oregon. Investigation at the scene revealed that a 2013 Toyota Corolla driven by Vincent A. TORRIER, age 77, from Walla Walla, Washington was northbound on SR Hwy 11 when he made a U-turn in front of a 2004 Ford F350 pick-up driven by Debora J. Alder, age 55, from Hermiston, Oregon. The Ford Pick-up collided with the Toyota Corolla entrapping the driver - TORRIER - in the Corolla. TORRIER was air lifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla were he was pronounced deceased. The Highway was closed for 4.5 hours. Mr. TORRIER had a pet dog with him in his vehicle, which was treated for minor injury and released to his next of kin. Ms. Alder had three passengers in her vehicle - Allen R. Alder, age 54, Dana M. Hanson, age 22 - both of Hermiston, and a 10 year old juvenile from Pendleton. Investigating Troopers do not indicate at this time that intoxicants contributed to the crash
The Oregon State Police Pendleton Troopers were assisted on scene by: Athena Fire Dept., East Umatilla Co. Rural Fire Dept., East Umatilla Co. Ambulance (Medic 400), ODOT, Pendleton, Athena and Weston Police Departments and Life Flight.