Deputies investigating deadly car crash near Pendleton

Deputies investigating deadly car crash near Pendleton

Deputies are investigating a deadly single car crash that occurred Saturday morning near Pendleton. The victim’s identity will not be released until the family is notified.

Umatilla County Sheriffs arrived to find a white 2001 Jeep Cherokee laying upside down on Reith Road near milepost 16. It was crushed inward on its passenger side.

The driver, conscious and alert, was receiving treatment outside the car from two woman who were passing by. It was initially thought that she was the vehicle’s only occupant. As the vehicle was being towed away, another person was found dead in the front passenger’s seat.

The Pendleton Fire Department arrived to help and the driver was transported via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

Investigation found the car was likely headed westbound when it miscalculated a curve and struck an outcropping of rock. It rolled and came to a rest in the center of the roadway, deputies said.

It is unknown how long the car was in the roadway before being seen by a passing train and reported to dispatch.

The crash is still under investigation as of Monday afternoon.