HERMISTON – Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a crash that seriously injured three people Thursday afternoon near the intersection on Highway 730 at Highway 37, northeast of Hermiston.

Police said that about 4:50 p.m. Feb. 7, a 1999 Kenworth truck pulling a flatbed trailer driven by Steven Voth, 62, of Orthello, Wash., was eastbound on Highway 730, approaching the intersection with Highway 37.

A 1989 Dodge pickup pulled in front of the truck and was struck in the left front side. After impact, the truck and flatbed trailer came to rest on a dirt embankment along the north side of Highway 730.

The three people in the pickup were not using safety restraints and were seriously injured.

The driver, MacKenzie Jo Dyer, 20, of Hermiston, was transported by air ambulance to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash., and later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

The passengers were James W. Cook Jr., 22, of Boardman, who was transported to Kadlec Medical Center, and Kortlan Lucas, 21, of Hermiston, transported to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Voth was using safety restraints and was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Hermiston work site are continuing the investigation, led by Trooper John Lombardi.

OSP was assisted at the scene by numerous area emergency responding agencies.

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