UMATILLA COUNTY, OR - Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's
two-vehicle serious injury traffic crash that occurred on Highway 204 about two
miles east of Highway 11 in Umatilla County.
Preliminary information shows that just before 9PM, a 2011 Chevrolet
Silverado pickup driven by 66-year-old Harrell R. Phillips of Athena was
traveling westbound on Highway 204 near milepost 2 when it was involved in a
near head-on crash with an eastbound 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by 19-year-old Montana Rex Batterton of Weston.
Phillips, Batterton, and an adult male
passenger in the Chevrolet Silverado, who was asleep at the time of the collision,
were all seriously injured. They were extricated by firefighters and transported
by ambulance to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.
Phillips and his passenger were using safety restraints.
Safety restraint use is pending further investigation for Batterton.
troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation
into the cause. Initial roadway evidence places the impact in the left eastbound
OSP was assisted at
the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, East Umatilla County RFPD,
Pendleton Fire & Ambulance, and ODOT. The highway was closed for over two