On Saturday, June 24, 2017, at about 3:37PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 245 near milepost 11 (in Hereford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling northbound when it drifted out of its lane of travel, crossed the oncoming lane and continued off the roadway, where it struck a tree. The driver, Luis Alberto Barrera Mendez, age 29, of Centralia, Washington, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger, Octavio Castro Valdez, age 25, of Centralia, Washington, was transported by Life Flight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment of his serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Baker City Fire Department, Blue Mountain Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation.