BROTHERS, OR -- A Bend man was killed in a motor vehicle collision, early Wednesday morning, just West of Burns. The crash occurred at about 4:30 a.m. and shut down the highway for several hours.
According to State Police, 77-year-old Nicholas Fagen was traveling West in his Ford F-350, hauling a 40' gooseneck trailer, carrying two other pickups when, for an unknown reason, His Ford became disabled and he pulled over, partially blocking the Westbound lane.
He was outside the truck, working under the hood, when his vehicle was struck by a Kenworth, operated by Lloyd Theen, a 69-year-old Winlock, Washington man. Theen's Kenworth pushed both the 350 and the trailer off the road and onto the shoulder, killing Fagen. Fagen's passenger, Danny Reinhart, 61, was treated for minor injuries.
Theen was not injured in the crash. 100 to 125 gallons of diesel fuel spilled on the roadway and into the nearby ditch, resulting in a Haz-mat cleanup.
Oregon State Police Troopers and Emergency Personnel responded.
Image courtesy of Oregon State Police.