Triple Fatality Crash On Hwy 20


The driver of the Dodge Dakota has been identified as Gerald Bennett (age 74) and passenger as Gloria English Bennett (age 70). Both were from Dallas and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

On Wednesday, August 02, 2017 at approximately 5:00 PM, OSP responded to a report of a 3 vehicle head on collision on HWY 20 around MP 31 in Lincoln County. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2015 Chevy Equinox SUV was westbound with a 2005 Honda Odyssey van traveling in the same direction a short distance behind the Chevy. For unknown reasons, an eastbound 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup crossed the center line and crashed head on into the Chevy. The Honda was unable to stop and crashed into the other 2 vehicles the Dodge caught fire and quickly became fully engulfed.

The two occupants of the Dodge were pronounced deceased at the scene and positive identification is still pending. The driver of the Chevy has been identified as 52 year old Michael STEENKOLK and his passenger, 48 year old Kathleen OLIVE, both from Toledo. STEENKOLK was pronounced deceased at the scene and OLIVE was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her current condition is not known. The driver of the Honda was identified as a 17 year old female and her passenger was identified as 20 year old Joseph SCHMIDT both from Corvallis. They received minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for evaluation.

Hwy 20 was closed completely for approximately 3 hours and reopened after 6 hours. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Toledo PD, Toledo Fire, Newport Fire, ODF Fire, Pac West Ambulance, Life Flight, Lincoln County DA’s Office, Lincoln County Medical Examiner’s Office, AA Rowley’s Towing, Bateman’s Mortuary, and ODOT.

Information and photo provided by OSP

1 Comment on "Triple Fatality Crash On Hwy 20"

  1. There needs to be more state police patrolling these dangerous highways. Now that I’m living on highway 34 I see reckless drivers cross double yellow lines almost daily to pass myself and other drivers without a care facing oncoming traffic.

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