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Fatal Vehicle Crash Near Veneta

VENETA, Ore. — A 26-year-old woman from Veneta is dead after a crash Monday morning on Highway 126.

Oregon State Police say the accident happened two miles east of Veneta Monday morning about 7:15 a.m.

Police say a semi-truck, pulling two trailers loaded with powder cement, smashed into the car. The collision pushed the car across the highway into a ditch.

Aimee Thomas, the driver in the car, died at the scene.

“The car was pulling off of Ellmaker and was going to head eastbound towards Eugene when it was struck by a semi-truck that was westbound. Investigation is still on going. We’re in the preliminary stages of that,” said Lee Farrar, Oregon State Police.

OSP says the driver of the semi, 64-year-old Carl Mosier was not hurt. Troopers say both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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  1. Vern says:

    Most of the drivers coming out of that road don’t stop for the stop sign. Or seems like it every time I go thru there. I sure hate to see a traffic signal go it there but that’s what is going to take

  2. Judi says:

    I have seen this so many times they need a light at this intersection.

  3. Lou Adler says:

    Very sad…terrible loss of life….I feel sorry for the family who lost a loved one and also the truck driver…the driver will relive this the rest of their life…I’ve been there….I hope can cope with the anxieties of this tragedy ….all drivers need to pay more attention….
    Good luck……

  4. Kate says:

    Yes! A signal would save lives. I take the turn every day and have had many near misses.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Ge need a signal to many lives have been lost or damaged due to this intersection. You can not see other cars going west when someone is turning on to Ellmaker, it blocks the view. The west bound traffic is going very fast by this road 55 to 70 miles an hour. It makes it easy to miss judge.

  6. sue says:

    I saw that truck driver today on the side of the road. I will never forget the look on his face-morose, shocked, saddened. I don’t know yet what happened here, but sounds like the car pulled out-their decision that caused this… Please let that be a reminder. When you take chances, you affect so many more people then your loved ones. I’m so sorry for that truck driver.

    1. ally says:

      Yes but the girl who lost her life was a 26 year old lady, a sister, a daughter, a fiance and a very loving friend to many. Sad situation. Very sad for a family flying out from texas. A sister so loved that her sister wonders how she will live without her. A fiance who will never be the same. Except for the grace of God it could of been any of us.

      1. Nha Nguyen says:

        If anyone would be willing to talk to KEZI about this stretch of road or about the young girl lost, please give us a call as soon as possible at 541-485-5394. Thank you.

        1. Jeanne Smith says:

          I drive this road every morning, to p/u my son from work in town. I see vehicles just pull out in front of oncoming traffic, probably to beat more traffic. I wonder, too, if a traffic signal would benefit this area. In Oct 2005, I was driving west on 126, and at Ellmaker, a woman in a Jetta, wanting to turn east, pulled right into my van. She had said it was too foggy to see me but there was no fog that day, and the sun was JUST starting to come up. I’m sure she was only looking to the west and when there was an opening in the traffic, she just darted out and there I was! That woman was fortunate that she wasn’t hurt, while I broke my back in that accident, and both vehicles were totaled. It was 4 years before I felt comfortable enough to drive again. I wasn’t speeding then, and I am now very watchful of people waiting there when I drive past, these days. I often see people doing that very thing, just darting across in front of traffic, making people have to hit the brakes to avoid a collision.

          I feel bad and pray for the family of the girl who died in yesterday’s accident as well as the driver of the big rig. I was driving by there, maybe half an hour after it happened, and it brought back the memories of that day, 5 years ago. It was about the same spot where my van landed.

  7. tony says:

    Aimee Thomas?

  8. Chelle says:

    That is not a good place for a traffic signal. There is no reason if people would just obey the traffic laws. Unfortunately, too many people are in a hurry and don’t wait or take chances and this is what happens. I have lived out in that area for 35 years and have been driving that route for 24 years.

  9. Jacob says:

    Weather may also have been a factor. There was freezing fog early this morning.

  10. EugeneBlair says:

    It is a dangerous but heavily travaled road, there seems to be a lot of crashes.
    Seems the stretch from Eugene to Veneta should be widened and/or enforce a 45 mph limit. I don’t often travel that way but when I do…it can be scary.

  11. Megan says:

    So sad… I know the woman who died, and she was a kind, good, smart and hard working person. My heart is breaking for her family. :(

  12. Carol says:

    If it hadn’t been for Kitty Piercy, Hwy 126 between Eugene and Veneta would have been safer years ago! So many deaths since then!

  13. Bethany says:

    I knew her personally as well and I know fog was heavy that morning. She never (on the road) was a risk taker. Safest driver I have ever known. Just please pray for the hole in the hearts of her family and fiancee and friends. I know shes with God and so happy. But as to the intersection they should do something about the speed through there and widen the road like the lady above has said. It is an accident and no hard feelings or judgements on the trucker or Aimee, please. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Jeanne Smith says:

    I would!

  15. Sandra says:

    My heart goes out to the all the families involved in this tragedy and I pray for them.

    Some of you say putting a stop light would save lives. Really? Since when do people stop for a “stop light” and not a “stop sign”? I think people need to pay more attention and not be in such a hurry to get where they are going.

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