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Two Die in Crash on Highway 101 South of Florence

Police aren't sure what caused an 18-year year old driver to lose control and cross into the oncoming lanes.

Fatal crash near Florence, Oregon 8-1-09
Photograph Source: Oregon State Police

(FLORENCE, Ore.) - Police say two Florence-area residents died Friday afternoon on Highway 101 south of Florence when their small pickup lost control and was struck broadside. Two others received non-life threatening injuries in the crash that is still under investigation by Oregon State Police.

OSP Trooper Justin Goldsmith says Friday at approximately 1:52 p.m. a 1985 Nissan pickup driven by 18-year old Montana Max Oetken of Florence, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 194 by the Sand Dune Frontier parking lot.

Police say for an unknown reason, Montana Oetken lost control and the pickup crossed into the southbound lane sideways were it was struck in the passenger side by a 1997 GMC Sierra pickup driven by 61-year old Dennis D. Jackson of Fairview, Oregon. Mr. Oetken and his right front passenger, 38-year old Bryan Robert Goodwin of Florence, were both pronounced deceased at the scene.

Jackson and his right front passenger, 73-year old Jeanett M. Right of Tigard, received non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to Peace Harbor Medical Center by Western Lane Ambulance.

Safety restraint use information is not available.

Highway 101 was partially blocked for 4 1/2 hours during the investigation that is being continued by OSP troopers from the Florence work site.

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Siuslaw Valley Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.

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Scott September 29, 2013 6:56 am (Pacific time)

Stop already with sufferring pictures, how does this help.. So many great pictures without this stuff.. How about no sufferring, just imagine the concept, only happy stuff in a beatiful place..

jade your cozen October 21, 2010 4:28 am (Pacific time)

miss you tons bro realy wish i could have spent more time in oregon with you and the rest of the fam

kenny January 27, 2010 8:55 am (Pacific time)

i miss u mo money rip homie

stephanie September 3, 2009 2:05 am (Pacific time)

Mo you were an amazing person and you are missed by so many people. I love you and miss you tons.

J bayy August 8, 2009 12:58 am (Pacific time)

Miss you Monty. You are forever in our hearts. Bryan also. Love and miss you both.

G Goodwin August 7, 2009 9:55 pm (Pacific time)

I will miss my dad and Monty was like a brother to me. I will miss them both.

R. Mann August 7, 2009 9:23 pm (Pacific time)

My heart and prayers go out to all the friends and family including Brian's Son.

Cam August 4, 2009 1:13 pm (Pacific time)

Our family was standing very nearby when the accident occured. Although we didn't know the two men we will never forget this tragedy. Our hearts go out to their families.

August 3, 2009 4:05 pm (Pacific time)

My heart goes out to the famlies and loved ones of the deceased . You are in my prayers.

Adel August 3, 2009 10:38 am (Pacific time)

I grew up with Monty and its very sad to hear what happened. It's still hard to imagine that he is gone. I couldn't being to think of how his family is feeling. He was a very loved one and I hope people realize how special life is.

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