May 23 2017
On Monday, May 15, at about 9:45 AM, two vehicles were involved in a fatal accident on Highway 20 near the Santiam Junction.
A green 2001 Toyota Tacoma, operated by Lucas ETTINGER, age 33, of Salem, was travelling eastbound on Highway 20 at the Santiam Junction when a 1993 Ford F250 pickup, operated by Willard METZLER II, age 57, and passenger, Dana METZLER, age 63, both of Sutherlin, was travelling westbound and turned in the path of the Toyota. The Toyota collided with the Ford nearly head-on.
Dana METZLER suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants received minor injuries and were transported by third party for treatment of their injuries.
Highway 20 was closed for approximately one hour following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.
OSP was assisted by the Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire Department, Black Butte Ranch Police Department and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.