Two From Dufur Killed In Pickup Accident

Two people from Dufur were killed and three were injured in a Sunday evening motor vehicle accident along Boyd Loop Road about thirteen miles south of The Dalles. According to the Oregon State Police, a pickup truck driven by 40-year-old Tamara Kucher was traveling east on Boyd Loop Road near Highway 197 at about 7:30 p.m. when for unknown reasons the driver lost control, traveled off the roadway into a ditch, and rolled several times.  Kucher and a pickup bed passenger, 21-year-old Hunter Spears, were ejected and succumbed to their injuries at the scene.  The right front passenger, 32-year-old Marshall Johnson, was taken first to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles then to a Portland area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  Two rear seat passengers, a 17-year-old female and 16 year-old male were transported to MCMC with minor injuries.  OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation.  Alcohol, speed, lane safety and occupant safety are being investigated as possible contributing factors.  The OSP was assisted by the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Dufur Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

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