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Police Investigate Fatal Crash on Highway 26 east of Government Camp

The crash remains under investigation.

Photos courtesy: Oregon State Police
(Note: Highway conditions improved to snow and slush by the time photos taken)

(GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore.) - Oregon State Police troopers are investigating a traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Pine Grove-area woman on Highway 26 about ten miles east of Government Camp.

According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Ashmore, on January 25, 2010 at approximately 7:44 a.m. a commercial truck pulling two tankers loaded with malt driven by 63-year old Ronald Lewis Jory of Olympia, Washington was eastbound on packed snow/ice covered Highway 26 near milepost 65.

While coming downhill approaching a curve, Lewis Jory lost control and slid into the westbound lane where the truck collided head-on with a 2004 Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle driven by 54-year old Robin Rae Udey of Pine Grove. Both vehicles came to a stop on the shoulder of the highway.

Robin Udey was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Troopers investigating the crash believe she was using safety restraints.

Jory was using safety restraints and received non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University for treatment.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command and Government Camp office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of an OSP collision reconstructionist.

Hoodland Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.

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Kathy Bowman October 31, 2014 8:01 pm (Pacific time)

Robin, you are missed.

michael burkholder January 29, 2010 1:56 pm (Pacific time)

That was my aunt robin... because this man was being irresponsible my aunt is dead. leaving behind a husband. kids . grandkids. and a whole family that cared about her and loved her. she was a great woman that worked for the forestry department and was a great help to our community.. i hope that this guy feels horrible for what happened but i do not think that he should be imprisoned for what has happened because what he has done is something he will never be able to forget and that is punishment enough

Sky Green January 25, 2010 6:07 pm (Pacific time)

Was the trucker chained up, if not he should be charged with negligent homicide. Too many truckers have big egos and are so foolish they refuse to chain up. They cause the majority of winter traffic problems.

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