A Tillamook woman died after crashing into what authorities described as a feed trailer. The crash occurred at around 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 on McCormick Loop Road in the Tillamook area.
According to a report from Tillamook County Sheriff's Office (TCSO), 43-year-old Jorge Zuniga-Figeroa was driving a farm tractor towing a trailer southbound on McCormick Loop Road and was stopped waiting for northbound traffic to pass so that he could turn left into a farm.
It was reported to be dark and lightly raining as a 2009 Ford Focus driven by Cristina Ellis, 36, of Tillamook was also southbound on McCormick Loop Road. As she approached the stopped tractor she rear-ended the trailer, according to TCSO. Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene.
A year-old child was a rear passenger in the car. TCSO said the child was properly restrained in a child safety seat and was transported to Tillamook Regional Medical Center Emergency Room with suspected minor injuries. A dog was also in the vehicle and died from its injuries.
Zuniga-Figeroa was reportedly uninjured. No determination of fault has been made by authorities. The investigation is ongoing.
TCSO was assisted by Tillamook Police Department, Tillamook Fire Department, Adventist Health Ambulance, Oregon State Police Reconstruction Unit, Tillamook County Road Department and Pioneer Veterinary Hospital.