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Two Vehicle Head on Critical Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20, near Milepost 35 (Photo) - 07/19/16

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two vehicle critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred about 11 miles west of Philomath. The crash resulted in critical injuries to an adult male and serious injuries to three adult females.
At about 4:40 pm, on Monday, July 18, 2016, Nicolas Derbaum, 25, from Corvallis, Oregon, was driving eastbound on Highway 20, near milepost 35, in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. His vehicle traveled into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2007 Lexus RX SUV driven by Amy Breeze, 54, from Gig Harbor, Washington. The Chevrolet Impala came to rest on the south side of the highway. The Lexus RX rolled once and came to rest on the north side of the highway. There were no passengers in the Chevrolet Impala and two passengers in the Lexus RX: Alma Morgan, 75, from Gig Harbor, Washington and Katherine Harris, 58, from Gig Harbor, Washington.
The Blodgett and Philomath Fire Departments extracted all four people from the vehicles. Nicolas Derbaum was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by a REACH air ambulance with critical injuries. The three women were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by ground ambulances from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the collision scene.
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The Oregon Department of Transpiration assisted with traffic control and the roadway was closed for about four hours.

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Single Vehicle DUII crash with Mom and 2 Children on Fourth of July (Photo) - 07/05/16

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle injury motor vehicle crash that occurred less than a mile north of Philomath. The crash resulted in injuries to three people, including two children.
At about 5:36 pm, on Monday, July 4, 2016, Dakena Clinton, age 39, from Corvallis, Oregon, was driving eastbound on West Hills Road, just west of the intersection of Rosecrest Drive, in a 1998 Ford Expedition. The passenger side tires went off the roadway and into the ditch. She overcorrected and steered the vehicle in the opposite lane, causing the vehicle to flip at least once in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle was heavily damaged and came to rest on its side, in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. A nine year old male child was ejected from the vehicle. An eleven year old female child and Dakena Clinton self-extricated from the vehicle.
The children were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with moderate injuries. Dakena Clinton had minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the crime scene.
Dakena Clinton's blood alcohol content was 0.12% . She was arrested, transported to the Benton County Jail, and lodged for the following crimes: Assault III (x2), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering (x2).
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The roadway was closed for about four hours.

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Fatal Vehicle Crash In Benton County Pictures now added (Photo) - 07/03/16

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash approximately four miles south of Corvallis. The crash resulted in the death of a 71 year old man and a 68 year old woman, both from Eugene.

At about 8:50 pm, on Saturday, July 2, 2016, Edward Giebisch, age 71, from Eugene, Oregon, was driving northbound on Highway 99W, south of Greenberry Road, near mile post 91, in a 1996 Chevy Blazer SUV. For unknown reasons, the SUV left the right side of the road, crashed in a ditch, and caught fire.
Both Giebisch and his passenger, Patricia Giebisch, age 68, were pulled from the vehicle as it was burning. The Gerbisch's are married. Off duty officers from local law enforcement agencies were among the first to arrive on scene. Both occupants were deceased at the scene. The vehicle was extinguished by area farmers, Corvallis Fire Department and Monroe Fire Department.

The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded to the scene. Alcohol and speed do not seem to be factors in the crash. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Deputy Brian Lundy at 541-766-6858 if they have any information about the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation arrived and re-routed traffic. The highway was closed for approximately four hours.

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