Sunday, July 08, 2007

Deadly Crash on Hwy 26 Near Milepost 32

Photo was provided by Oregon State Police.

July 7th was a tragic day for four people who died in a head on collision near milepost 32 on Hwy 26. A mother and two of her children and a family friend were traveling eastbound in their Chevrolet Astro van to Welches for a baseball tournament early Saturday morning when an oncoming car traveling westbound crossed over the center dividing line, striking the family's vehicle.

The man who struck them, Lewis Delmar Lambert, was driving a Dodge Caravan and was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known why he crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic, but the result was horrifying. As his vehicle struck the eastbound family, they spun into the eastbound right lane, where they were again struck by another vehicle, sending them tumbling into the ditch, where their vehicle landed upside down. The second vehicle to hit them was a group of six Washington residents driving a Toyota Sequoia, and all six of those passengers were treated for injuries at OHSU.

The driver of the Astro van was Janene Brundege, who was pronounced dead at the scene, along with her 23-month old daughter, Abigail Kay Brundege, and their family friend, Tyler Williams, age 11. Her son, Quinton Brundege, also 11, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious injuries, but not life-threatening.

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