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Three Killed In Highway 20 Crash

Highway 20 crash

Three people were killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon on Highway 20 about 31 miles east of Newport.

Oregon State Police say a 2015 Chevy Equinox SUV was westbound with a 2005 Honda Odyssey van traveling in the same direction a short distance behind the Chevy. 

For unknown reasons, an eastbound 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup crossed the center line and crashed head on into the Chevy. The Honda was unable to stop and crashed into the other two vehicles and the Dodge caught fire and quickly became fully engulfed. 

The two occupants of the Dodge were pronounced deceased at the scene. Their identification is still pending. 

The driver of the Chevy has been identified as 52-year-old Michael Steenkolk and his passenger, 48-year-old Kathleen Olive, both from Toledo. Steenkolk was pronounced deceased at the scene and Olive was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her current condition is not known. 

The driver of the Honda was identified as 17-year-old Lucy Jaeger and her passenger as 20-year-old Joseph Schmidt both from Corvallis. They received minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Newport for evaluation. 

Highway 20 was closed for approximately 3 hours.

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