1 dead, 2 injured after driver comes upon slow-moving traffic behind farm equipment

The crash killed the driver and injured his two passengers. (Linn County Sheriff)

SCIO, Ore. - A sheriff's deputy used a fire extinguisher to battle the flames as another deputy pulled an injured man from the burning wreckage of a pickup truck Thursday afternoon.

The crash killed the driver and injured his two passengers.

Investigators said the pickup towing a trailer full of concrete and construction debris suddenly came upon slow-moving traffic behind a farm combine on the other side of a hill on Stayton Scio Road near Brock Drive around 4:31 p.m.

The driver of the 1990 Chevy pickup - Taylor Michael Whitney-Leigh, 26, of Albany - took evasive action to avoid the car ahead of him, investigators said.

The pickup skidded off the road and rolled down a hill into a tree.

Two deputies came across the crash moments later. One fought the fire while the other pulled one of the passengers out of the wreckage.

Firefighters arrived and took over the rescue and fire.

Whitney-Leigh died at the scene, the sheriff's office said.

Medics took one of the passengers - Ernesto Jazmin, 37, of Corvallis - to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with serious injuries.

Jazmin's nephew - Benjamin Jazmin, 18, of Corvallis - suffered significant injuries, the sheriff's office said. Medics took him to Albany General Hospital.

The crash happened about a mile and a half from Scio, at least the second traffic crash in as many days in rural western Oregon involving a driver who encountered farm equipment on the roadway.

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