Truck Crash Kills Three

Date: May 18, 2010
Location: Highway 97 near Grass Valley, Oregon
Names: Jose Luis Sandoval Guerrero, Audelino Sandoval-Barajas, Pablo Alcala Marmolejo, Benjamin V. Quiroz, Jose Luis Ortiz Moreno

Three people in a pickup truck died on May 18, 2010, around 12:40 AM, after a head-on crash with a commercial truck on Highway 97 near Grass Valley, Oregon, according to The Oregonian and an OSP press release.

The early-morning crash near Grass Valley occurred after the pickup truck crossed the center line into the commercial truck’s path. The commercial truck driver tried to avoid a collision by swerving toward the shoulder, but the two vehicles crashed head-on.

The pickup truck’s driver and his two passengers died in the trucking crash. The driver was identified as Jose Luis Sandoval Guerrero, 23; and the passengers as Audelino Sandoval Barajas, 43, and Pablo Alcala Marmolejo, 52. All three men were from Mattawa, Washington.

The commercial truck driver, Benjamin V. Quiroz, 58, of Anaheim, California, and a passenger, Jose Luis Ortiz Moreno, 56, of Salinas, California, had minor injuries. They were taken to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles for treatment.

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing to investigate. Safety restraint use information was unavailable. The crash closed the highway for about three hours, with all lanes opened by 4:30 AM.

We send our condolences to the families of Sandoval Guerrero, Sandoval Barajas, and Marmolejo. Please know that we are thinking of you.

We would like to offer our wishes to Quiroz and Moreno as well. We hope you will recover quickly from the physical and emotional trauma of this crash.

The moments and days after a vehicle crash in Oregon are the most important. First, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should have a record of anything after the accident in case the pains become more serious. Second, either you, a friend or family member, or a qualified attorney, should collect evidence from the accident scene. Evidence can disappear quickly, so doing this while your loved one is in the hospital is of extreme importance. We understand that you may not want to do this while you or your loved one is in the hospital, so you may want to ask a Portland truck crash attorney to do it for you.

The months after an Oregon automobile accident are important as well. There are time limits to filing a claim if you have been in an accident. And sometimes you can’t go back to work, so you start to worry about paying medical bills and wages loss. These are all stressful things, and it doesn’t help that the insurance company won’t leave you alone, but they won’t help you either. So please, do not hesitate to call us or request a free copy of our book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case. Our website has helpful advice, and what we don’t cover there, we will be more than happy to answer ourselves.