Woman dies in crash on Hwy 126 east of Veneta

Woman dies in crash on Hwy 126 east of Veneta

VENETA, Ore. - A 26-year-old woman died Monday morning after a commercial semi truck crashed into her car while she made a left-hand turn onto Highway 126 about 2 miles east of Veneta, Oregon State Police said.

Officials said the crash happened at 7:15 a.m. Monday when Aimee Brooke Thomas, 26, of Veneta, made a left turn at the Ellmaker Road intersection.

As Thomas attempted to pull her four-door sedan into the eastbound lanes, she was hit by a semi truck towing two fully-loaded trailers. The impact pushed the car across the highway and into a ditch on the other side.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene by medics. 

The semi truck's driver, Carl Mosier, 64 of Brookings, was unhurt in the crash. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Witnesses told our news staff that Mosier had tried to stop the truck, which was towing two trailers full of  of powder cement. 

ODOT closed the highway down to one lane for over three hours while crews worked in the area.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted when they become available.