(KOIN) – A man and woman died when their car was involved in a collision as they attempted to pass a semi-truck on Highway 97 near the Sherman County town of Kent Wednesday afternoon.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP), a 2005 Toyota Corolla was traveling south on the highway when it moved into the northbound lane to try and pass a commercial truck. However, a second commercial truck was approaching in the oncoming lane. The car lost control and was struck on its driver’s side by the northbound truck.
Following the first collision, the car was then hit by the southbound truck.
The Corolla’s male driver and female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, OSP said. The deceased driver was identified Friday as 21-year-old Jacques Robert Gordon of Burien, Wash., and his mother, 54-year-old Renee M. Parent. They were headed to a Young Life camp near Antelope.
The driver of the northbound truck, 58-year-old Gene Weller of Yucaipa, Calif., was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the southbound truck was not hurt.
The crash shut down the highway for several hours. OSP is investigating.