Billie Jo Aguilar and a 12-year-old girl riding with her were killed Thursday morning when Aguilar lost control of her SUV on ice on Interstate 84 east of Durkee in Baker County.
Aguilar, 39, and her two passengers, including a 14-year-old girl, were headed west on the freeway when the 2003 Chevy Suburban she was driving slid across the grass median into the eastbound lanes of the freeway, the Oregon State Police reported.
The Suburban hit head-on with a 2014 Peterbuilt semi tractor and trailer driven by Kendall L. Lenderman, 42, of Dublin, Ga. Lenderman slowed his truck but was unable to avoid hitting the sliding vehicle.
The SUV and the truck continued sliding off the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes and struck a 2014 Volvo semi truck and trailer parked on the side of the freeway. The truck’s driver, John P. Henry, 40, of Nampa, was inside the cab but was unhurt.
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However, Aguilar’s SUV and the Peterbuilt truck caught on fire. Lenderman got out of his truck unhurt and passersby got the 14-year-old girl out of the Suburban while it was on fire.
The girl was taken to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City and later taken by Life Flight aircraft to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
Aguilar and the 12-year-old girl died at the scene, OSP reported. Authorities did not say whether Aguilar and the girls were related.