Rollover Crash Kills Two Idaho Men, Dogs

Date: October 14, 2009
Location: U.S. 95, south of Jordan Valley, Oregon
Names: Ron Tibbett, Joseph Geary

Sadness spread over the small eastern Oregon town of Jordan Valley on October 14, 2009, after a tragic rollover crash took the lives of two Idaho men, and killed the two dogs in their vehicle. Ron Tibbett, 46, of Wilder, Idaho, and Joseph Geary, 50, of Marsing, Idaho, were both dead at the scene.

The accident occurred just before 10:30 PM, as the two men drove north on U.S. 95, near Burns Junction, south of Jordan Valley, Oregon. First, the truck veered onto the southbound shoulder of the highway, investigators said. Tibbett tried to steer back onto the road, but overcorrected and hit a fog marker. The truck then slid sideways across the road and rolled several times, ending up in a nearby field. Tibbett and Geary, neither of whom was wearing a seat belt, were thrown from the truck. There were also two dogs in the vehicle, and both of them were killed in the crash.

The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, Jordan Valley Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. As of October 15, Oregon State Police troopers and a collision reconstructionist were investigating the accident. The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office was also helping in the investigation.

We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident, and our hearts go out to Tibbett’s and Geary’s families. This is a profound loss. We add our thoughts and prayers to those of their friends and family during this difficult time, and we hope the investigation will lead to some answers. Even though knowing what happened doesn’t ease the pain, it can calm the mind.

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