Two Ada County men were killed and one critically injured Sunday when their vehicle was struck by another on a remote stretch of highway in southern Oregon.
About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 95 near milepost 92, thirty miles north of the Nevada border.
A preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota Tundra was traveling northbound on Highway 95 when it crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer, according to an OSP news release.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Luis M. Salas Ramirez, 35, of Garden City, and his passenger Parrish W. Speegle, 49, of Boise, Idaho were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The left rear passenger, William K Speegle, age 42, also of Boise, suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.
The driver of the Toyota, Brandon Fuller, age 45, of Livermore, California, received minor injuries. He was arrested at the scene and taken to the Malheur County Jail where he was booked two counts of second-degree manslaughter, and one count each of assault, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants
Alcohol consumption by Fuller is being considered as a contributing factor in the crash, the release stated.
Highway 95 was closed for over six hours while the investigation was conducted.