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Deadly Crash on Hwy 3 in Wallowa County – UPDATED, Oct 20., 10:55 am

Deadly Crash on Hwy 3 in Wallowa County – UPDATED, Oct 20., 10:55 am

UPDATE, 10/20/19 10:55 AM

Those involved in the fatal crash on Saturday, October 19, 2019, on Highway 3 are as follows:

Dodge Pickup Driver – Dylan L DENTON, age 24, from Joseph, Deceased.

Dodge Pickup Passenger – Triston M DENNING, age 19, from Joseph, Undisclosed Injuries.

ODOT Snowplow Driver – Monte L RADFORD, age 69, from Enterprise, Serious Injuries.

This is an on-going investigation and no further information is available for release.


UPDATE, 10/19/19 3:46 PM

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this morning’s two-vehicle fatal crash involving an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Snowplow on Highway 3 in Wallowa County. 

On October 19, 2019 at about 8:08 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 3 near milepost 15. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an ODOT Snowplow was southbound on Highway 3.  A Dodge pickup, with two occupants, was northbound negotiating a curve when it lost control and went into the oncoming lane and into the path of the ODOT Snowplow. 

The driver of the Dodge pickup died from his injuries at the scene.  The passenger of the Dodge pickup was transported to an unknown hospital via air ambulance.  The driver of the snowplow was transported via ground ambulance to Wallowa Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Highway 3 was closed for nearly six (6) hours during the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Wallow County Sheriff’s Office and Wallowa County Fire.

Names are being withheld to provide time for the extended family next of kin notifications.

This is an on-going investigation and no further information is available for release. 


According to information from OSP, Oregon State Police are on the scene of a two-vehicle crash involving a fatality near MP 15 on ORE3. The accident involves a pickup and an ODOT snowplow.

The driver of the pickup is confirmed deceased, pending identification.

A passenger of the pickup as well as the driver of the snowplow was transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The highway is currently closed and motorists will need to use an alternate route.

We will update this story as new information becomes available.

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