By Chris Collins
A Baker City woman died in a single-vehicle crash Saturday evening on Highway 86 near Bishop Springs, about 25 miles east of Baker City.
Tanya Marie White, 35, was ejected from the 1995 Suzuki Sidekick sport-utility vehicle she was driving when it flipped onto its side and slid off the road and through a fence, according to an Oregon State Police press release. White, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical responders.
The crash happened about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Police said White was driving west, toward Baker City, when her vehicle entered the gravel shoulder. She overcorrected and the vehicle spun about 180 degrees before flipping onto its side and sliding off the highway.
The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side about 15 feet below the road, near the Powder River.
White's two sons, Chase Brister, 15, and Chance Brister, 17, and a friend, Zachary Ingalls, 16, all of Baker City, were traveling with her.
Police said Chase Brister was flown by LifeFlight to St. Luke's Hospital at Boise where he was treated and released. Chance Brister and Ingalls were taken by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City where they also were treated and released.
Investigators have not determined if the boys were wearing seat belts.
OSP and officers from the Baker County Sheriff's Department are working to determine the cause of the crash. OSP Sr. Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.
Other agencies responding to the scene Saturday included Keating and Eagle Valley ambulances and Oregon Department of Transportation workers. Highway 86 was closed at the crash site until about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, an ODOT spokesman said.