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Foster woman dies in head-on collision


March 13, 2019

A Sweet Home-area woman was killed this morning, March 14, in a head-on collision near Harrisburg.

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said deputies responded at 6:55 a.m. to the crash on Peoria Road near Irish Bend Loop.

Yon said Kelly Flower, 55, of Foster, was driving a 2003 Honda Accord southbound on Peoria Road when she appeared to have crossed the centerline into the oncoming lane. Her vehicle struck a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Colleen Wedin, 49, of Eugene, northbound on Peoria. The two vehicles collided head-on. 

This section of Peoria Road was straight and it is unknown what caused Flower to go into the oncoming lane, Yon said. The two women were the only occupants of each vehicle.

Flower was pronounced deceased on scene. She was taken to Aasum-Dufour Funeral Home in Albany.

Wedin suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Yon said. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and both vehicles’ airbags deployed. Flower’s family has been notified, he said.

Yon said there was intermittent fog in the area, but it is unknown if this was a factor in the crash.

The Multi-Agency Investigative Team (MAIT) was called to the scene to assist in the investigation



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