The 52-year-old local resident crosses median, hits two cars and finally a large truck, according to OSP

A 52-year-old Canby man lost his life Sunday afternoon, the only fatality in a crash that involved three cars and a commercial truck on Highway 99E about two miles south of Oregon City.

Kris C. Kuykendall was pronounced dead at the scene and had to be removed from his vehicle by fire personnel.

At about 5 p.m. Sunday, Oregon State Police lead investigator Ted Moisan said that Kuykendall was driving his Suzuki Swift northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 16 when the car crossed into the left southbound lane and sideswiped a?Nissan Maxima and then a?Pontiac passenger car. The Suzuki then traveled into the right southbound lane where it collided with the drive axle of a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer.

The impact with the truck ruptured one of the truck's diesel tanks, broke two heavy suspension mounting brackets, and ejected the Suzuki's engine from the engine compartment. Debris associated with the multiple vehicles involved in the crash covered an extensive area of the highway. Approximately 40 gallons of diesel spilled before being contained by fire personnel. NRC Environmental Services responded to clean up the diesel spill.

The truck's driver, Eugene F. Haase, 76, of Allen, Texas was not injured.

The driver of the Nissan, Suzanne Miller, 65, of Canby, was not injured. The driver of the Pontiac, John Kolb, 31, from Canby, chose to go to the hospital in a private vehicle to be checked for injury. His 33-year-old wife, Tamara Kolb, and their 4-year-old son were not injured.

Traffic in both directions was delayed for several hours.

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