On Monday, August 10, 2020, at approximately 11:11 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle crash on Hwy 37 near milepost 7.5. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Dodge 2500 pickup, operated by Lester Estes (60) of Wallowa, was traveling north when for unknown reasons crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a 1989 Kenworth operated by Harold Buell (48) of Moses Lake, Washington. 

Estes sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Umatilla County Fire District 1, and ODOT.


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