Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Meacham, which is southeast of Pendleton.
A 2004 Chevrolet Blazer SUV, driven by Barbara May Nash, 76, of Pendleton, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 about 1:35 p.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Sterling Hall in a news release.
According to a witness, the vehicle passed using the left lane and then drifted to the right onto the shoulder, the release said. It continued into the gravel off the pavement, traveling more than 400 feet before going up an embankment and onto a guardrail. The SUV came to rest on its passenger side off the eastbound lanes.
Nash was pronounced deceased at the scene. It's unknown if she was wearing a seat belt, the release said.
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OSP troopers from the Pendleton and La Grande offices are continung the investigation into the cause of the crash.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Fire Department and ODOT. Union County Sheriff's Office assisted OSP with finding next of kin.