Of the Baker City Herald

Oregon State Police officers are continuing their investigation of an early morning crash that killed three young Baker City residents Wednesday.

Investigators have determined that the 1984 BMW that crashed was driven by Dale L. Nordbye II, 20, of 1340 C St. Passengers were Joshua Aaron Hardesty, 19, of 36476 Alder Creek Road, and Brianne L. Craig, 20, of 1715 Baker St. All three died at the scene.

Nordbye and both passengers were thrown from the car. Hardesty was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, police said. The other two were not wearing seat belts.

One of the victims came to rest on the nearby Union Pacific Railroad line, stopping train traffic, police said. No one was struck by the train.

The train was stopped at 3:20 a.m. as it traveled through the area. The train crew was notified of the accident by a Baker County dispatcher, said Mike Furtney, UPRR spokesman at San Francisco. The train, which was traveling from North Platte, Neb., to Hinkel near Hermiston, was held until 7:20 a.m.

Highway 30 also was closed for several hours Wednesday morning while police investigated the scene.

The crash happened at 2:47 a.m., police said. The car was traveling north on Highway 30 about a mile and a half south of Baker City when it failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went off the left shoulder of the highway and rolled several times.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to OSP Sgt. Dave MacManiman.