Sweet Home man dies in Highway 34 crash

A Sweet Home man was killed Sunday evening, Oct. 10, in a three-vehicle collision on Highway 34, between Denny School and Steckley roads, according to Oregon State Police.

According to OSP, troopers and emergency personnel responded to the crash, near milepost 15, at approximately 7:19 p.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a westbound Pontiac G5 operated by Darin Kleiven, 54, of Sweet Home, crossed into the oncoming lanes and struck an eastbound Mack semi truck, operated by JD Hawkins, 26, of Lebanon. A Jeep Patriot, operated by Lynea Johnson, 29, of Sweet Home, was following the truck and was struck by debris from the crash, OSP said.

Kleiven sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Hawkins and Johnson were uninjured, the OSP said.

Highway 34 was closed for approximately four hours. Speed and weather conditions are being investigated as contributing factors to the crash.

OSP was assisted by Lebanon Fire Department, Lebanon Police Department and ODOT.