Boise woman killed in head-on collision

Posted at 7:33 AM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 12:44:33-04

A Boise woman was killed and her husband hospitalized following a head-on crash east of Burns, Oregon Sunday night.

Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded about 9 p.m. Sunday to the report of a head-on crash involving a passenger vehicle and semi-truck on Highway 20 near milepost 156, east of Burns.

A preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Freightliner towing a flatbed trailer was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when it attempted to pass a slower-moving motorhome in a no passing area (a double yellow line), according to OSP Captain Bill Fugate. “While in the eastbound lane of travel, it encountered an oncoming 2005 Ford Focus. The driver of the Focus swerved her vehicle towards the ditch to avoid striking the truck head-on. At the same time, the driver of the truck swerved towards the ditch. The vehicles collided head-on near the fogline of the highway,” Fugate stated.

The driver of the Ford, Sara E. Allison, 30, of Boise was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel, he said. 

A passenger in the vehicle, Matthew T. Allison, 27, also of Boise, was taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for life-threatening injuries, Fugate said.

The driver of the Freightliner, James W. Decou, 32, of Roy, Utah, was transported to Harney County Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

“Highway 20 was closed for several hours for investigation of the crash. This is an ongoing investigation with potential criminal charges being considered,” Fugate said.