Back-to-back Hwy. 20 wrecks


April 12, 2023

Benny Westcott

A pair of crashes occurred Tuesday afternoon, April 4, within minutes and a mile of each other on Highway 20.

The first (first photo) was reported at 4:32 p.m. on milepost 19. A westbound BMW operated by Tristan Garvey, 25, of Salem, lost control while attempting to change lanes during a sudden hailstorm, which caused a slippery roadway, according to Oregon State Police. The BMW spun into oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision with Bryana Bittner, 30, in an eastbound Hyundai.

Bittner suffered a minor injury, while Garvey was issued citations for driving with a suspended license...

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