Milton Vaughn Killed in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident on Interstate 84


(Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police)

Date: March 15, 2016

Location: Interstate 84 near Farewell Bend- Baker County, Ore.

Victims: Ivan Berezin, Abraham Garza Tanguma, Milton Vaughn

Baker County, Ore. – Oregon State Police and emergency crews responded at about 11:25 a.m. to a semi-truck rollover crash on Interstate 84 near mile-post 349, on March 15, 2016.

At approximately 11:55 a.m., as emergency crews were responding to the first reported accident, a second crash that occurred between two commercial motor vehicles, occurred at milepost 348 eastbound, killing a driver.

Oregon State Police preliminary investigation indicates that at 11:25 a.m., a 2006 Freightliner pulling a 2010 Utility semi-trailer, operated by Ivan Brezin, 34, of Gresham, and was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 349 for some unknown reason, his vehicle veered off the road and into the median. The vehicle then came back onto the road and flipped blocking all eastbound lanes.

Eastbound traffic had stopped and included a 2015 Kenworth pulling a 2012 utility semi-trailer, operated by Abraham Garza Tanguma, age 33, from Rio Grande City, Texas, at milepost 348.

At about 11:55 a.m, a Freightliner pulling a Great Dane semi-trailer, operated by Milton Vaughn, age 62, from Altoona, Kansas, was traveling eastbound, when he approached the stopped traffic and collided into the rear of Garza Tanguma’s semi-truck trailer at a highway rate of speed.

Vaughn’s vehicle was carrying hazardous materials (Aluminum Oxide Powder UN3175) and the containers were breached and leaking, according to Oregon State Police. Hazmat Teams were deployed from the Ontario Fire Department and were assisted by H20 Environmental from Boise, Idaho for cleanup.

Milton Vaughn sustained fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Berezin was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho and Garza Tanguma was transported by ground ambulace to Saint Alphonsus Medical Cneter in Ontario, Oregon.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Oregon Department of Transportation, Hazmat 14, Ontario Fire Department, H20 Environmental and Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

This is an ongoing investigation that highlights the multiple dangers that commercial drivers face on a daily basis.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in this accident. This was a terrible accident, and we hope everyone involved in the crash knows that there are thinking of their families for those lives lost and a lot of people wishing the survivors a speedy recovery.

The period after an accident like this can be a very confusing and challenging time especially when friends and family may be involved. We feel fortunate to be able to provide victims of these types of accidents with resources that help navigate these challenging and trying times. We hope these resources help answer some of the difficult questions you have after an accident and how mounting medical bills or a wrongful death can be addressed.

This is a sensitive time for all those involved but it is important to remember that the lives of those left behind must be protected to the fullest extent of the law.

Oregon wrongful death claims are allowed under ORS 30.020, but the law is much more complicated than a normal accident case. First of all, the statute of limitations (SOL)(time limit on filing a claim) is different. For most car accidents, the SOL is two years, but for wrongful death, the SOL is “three years after the injury causing the death . . . is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. . . .”

Additionally, there are limits on who can bring a wrongful death claim. The most common claimants are:

  • Spouses
  • Children (including stepchildren)
  • Parents (including stepparents)

Less common claimants include:

  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents

In a wrongful death case, you can ask for compensation for several types of damages such as:

  • Charges for medical services;
  • Charges for burial and memorial services;
  • Compensation that the decedent would have been entitled to for disability, pain and suffering, and loss of income during the period between injury and death;
  • Compensation for “pecuniary loss” to the decedent’s estate;
  • Compensation for the loss of the decedent’s “society, companionship and services” to the decedent’s spouse, children, stepchildren, stepparents, and parents;

Punitive damages are allowed as well, but are rare in Oregon since the State takes 70% of punitive damages awarded. If you have lost a loved one, call a Portland wrongful death attorney for help in securing the compensation you deserve.



About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on March 15, 2016, in Oregon Personal Injury Attorney, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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