Head-on crash injures Madras man


East of Government Camp

A Madras man was among four people injured in a two vehicle head-on traffic crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 26 near Frog Lake east of Government Camp.

According to Oregon State Police trooper Scott Kinch, on Jan. 11, at 3:24 p.m., a 1998 Subaru four-door driven by Vladimir Voloshchuck, 64, of southeast Portland, was westbound on U.S. 26 near milepost 61, negotiating a left curve on snow-covered roadway, when it traveled onto the shoulder, lost control and slid across the highway toward the eastbound lanes.

The driver of a 2004 Chevrolet pickup, Bradley Hutchins, 27, of Madras, saw the out-of-control Subaru coming toward his lanes so he slowed to 5-10 mph, moving to the right eastbound lane where the vehicles collided head-on.

Voloshchuck was seriously injured and transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where he was reported in critical condition. Right front passenger Vasyl Voloshchuck, 57, of southeast Portland, was also transported by ambulance to the same hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Hutchins and his 25-year old female passenger had minor injuries, but were not reported transported for treatment.

All occupants were using safety restraints and the pickup's airbags deployed. OSP was assisted at the scene by Hoodland Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. One eastbound lane was closed 90 minutes.