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OSP releases name of Wamic man in fatal crash

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One person died and others were injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 197 and Ward Road about 8.5 miles south of The Dalles this morning after 7 a.m. A white Chevrolet pick-up coming off Ward Road collided with a black Chevrolet Blazer. The pick-up had one occupant, the Blazer had multiple occupants, said Lt. Pat Shortt of the Oregon State Police. “People were transported for treatment of injuries,” Shortt said, but he did not know exactly how many. LifeFlight air ambulance was called to the scene. The investigation is continuing.

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One person died and others were injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 197 and Ward Road about 8.5 miles south of The Dalles this morning after 7 a.m. A white Chevrolet pick-up coming off Ward Road collided with a black Chevrolet Blazer. The pick-up had one occupant, the Blazer had multiple occupants, said Lt. Pat Shortt of the Oregon State Police. “People were transported for treatment of injuries,” Shortt said, but he did not know exactly how many. LifeFlight air ambulance was called to the scene. The investigation is continuing.

The Oregon State Police have released the name of the man who died in Thursday morning’s fatal crash on Highway 197, about five miles north of Dufur.

Henry Jacob Girtz, 72, of Wamic was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been a passenger in the vehicle driven by Linda Girtz, 59, of Wamic. She was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health and Science University with serious injuries.

A 17-year-old female passenger was taken by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

All three were using seat belts.

According to police reports, Girtz’ 1992 Chevrolet Blazer was struck about 7:30 a.m. Aug. 14 by a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by Peter D. Kelly, 73, of The Dalles.

An OSP investigaton determined that Kelly, who was traveling westbound on Ward Road, turned in front of the northbound blazer, which struck the pickup’s left side. After impact, the pickup came to rest off the side of the highway and the blazer in the southbound lane.

Kelly was not injured.

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