Oregon State Police are continuing to investigate the cause of a traffic accident on Sunday afternoon that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old Canby man.
At approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, a Suzuki Swift passenger car driven by Kris Kuykendall, 52, was northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 16, when it crossed into the left southbound lane and sideswiped a Nissan Maxima, a Pontiac car, and then 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 mutliple 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.
Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene and extricated by fire personnel. He was using safety restraints.
The truck's driver, Eugene F. Haase, 76, from Allen, Texas, was not injured.
The driver of the Nissan, Suzanne Miller, 65, from Canby, was not injured. The driver of the Pontiac, John Kolb, 31, from Canby, went to a hospital in a private vehicle to be checked for possible injury. His 33-year old wife, Tamara Kolb and their 4-year old son were not injured.
The highway was closed about six hours during the emergency response, investigation and clearing of the scene. Traffic was blocked in both directions with a detour in place during the closure.