BROWNSVILLE, Ore. — A deadly head-on collision shut down Highway 228 in Brownsville Wednesday morning.
Oregon State Police say at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, 54-year-old Stephen J. Dyal, from Springfield, was driving a pickup westbound on Highway 228 when he traveled into the other lane around a curve in a no-passing zone and crashed head-on into an SUV driven by a 62-year-old woman.
The woman died at the scene and Dyal was taken to a Springfield hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The woman’s name has not been released. She was wearing a seat belt and her airbags deployed. Her dog that was in the car was not injured. Dyal was also wearing a seat belt and his air bags deployed.
Troopers still aren’t sure why Dyal went into the other lane, if he was trying to illegally pass a vehicle ahead of him, or if he was just distracted.
“It only takes a second for you to look away from driving and things like this could occur or you could drive off the road or hit something else. So you have to really pay attention and keep your eyes on the road at all times,” said Lt. Dave Mazour with Oregon State Police.
Troopers say the SUV’s driver was on her way home to Sweet Home when the crash happened. They say her husband was just a few miles ahead of her in his own vehicle.
Oregon State Police say there was another witness who was driving in front of the red truck who did not stop. They ask for that person, or anyone else who happened to see the crash to call them at (541) 967-2026.
Drivers were detoured on Courtney Creek Road until about 2:45 p.m.
No other information has been released.