Head-On Crash Kills Two Near Sisters, Oregon
Date: January 31, 2014
Location: US Highway 20, Sisters
Names: Andrew Deverna, Bruce Sirnio, Wendi Dion
Police report that 61-year-old Bruce Sirnio, of Salem, was operating his Acura SUV in the westbound lane of Highway 20 in the afternoon on Friday. For unknown reasons, he crossed the center line of the roadway and came into the path of a pickup truck driven by 42-year-old Andrew Deverna, of Newberg.
Both Sirnio and Deverna died at the scene of the accident. A passenger in the pickup, Wendi Dion, 41, from King City, suffered non-life threatening injuries. She was taken to St. Charles Bend Hospital for treatment. Her current condition is not known.
The highway had to be closed for approximately three hours following the accident, as police investigated and cleared the scene. It is not known if the parties involved were wearing seatbelts or if the airbags in the vehicles deployed.
Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the two men killed in this collision, Andrew Deverna and Bruce Sirnio. We would also like to wish the injured passenger, Wendi Dion, a fast and full recovery from her injuries. Our thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time.
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