Bend Man Killed in Hwy 20 Crash Near Brothers

A Bend man working under the hood of his disabled truck was killed by a semi on Highway 20 near Brothers early Wednesday morning.

Oregon State Police said a Ford F350 driving west and towing a 40-foot gooseneck trailer loaded with two GMC pickups became disabled and came to a stop on the highway, partially blocking the westbound lane.

A Kenworth semi operated by a 69-year-old Washington man was also traveling west and struck the trailer, forcing the vehicle combination off the road and onto the shoulder.

The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 77-year-old Nicholas Fagan of Bend. OSP said Fagan was outside his truck working under the hood when the trailer was struck. He died at the scene.

A passenger in the Ford F350, identified as 61-year-old Danny Reinhart of Bend, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The semi driver was not injured.

The crash happened about 4:35 a.m. near milepost 88.5, 40 miles west of Burns.

OSP said 100-125 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the road and into the ditch of the westbound lane. An environmental contractor responded to the scene to clean it up.

The westbound lane was closed for several hours to complete the investigation and the Haz-Mat cleanup.  ODOT provided traffic control during the event.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.

Image courtesy Oregon State Police



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