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Unknown SUV causes fatal crash near Albany, deputies say

A man is dead after a crash east of Albany Thursday.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 11:21 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 11:23 AM

ALBANY, Ore. – A man is dead after a crash east of Albany Thursday.

Deputies responded to the crash at the intersection of Knox Butte and Scravel Hill roads at about 4:30 p.m.

James Brown, 84, died at the scene. His wife, Patsy Brown, 84, of Jefferson was taken to Salem Hospital with critical injuries.

Linn County Undersheriff Paul Timm said the Browns were headed north on Scravel Hill Road and had stopped at the stop sign at Knox Butte Road. They were in a 2005 Ford Mustang, and James Brown was driving.

A white SUV was stopped on Scravel Hill Road heading south. The vehicle’s driver is unknown, Timm said.

Meanwhile, Steven Stillwell, 57, of Lebanon was headed east on Knox Butte Road in a 2016 Toyota Tundra.

The white SUV crossed the intersection in front of Stillwell and started to slow when the Browns entered the intersection. Just as the white SUV crossed the intersection, Stillwell hit the Browns’ Mustang on the driver’s side.

Deputies believe the SUV blocked the view of both Stillwell and James Brown.

Stillwell was treated at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

The Albany Fire Department, Linn County Road Department, Multi-Agency Investigation Team, Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office and AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home assisted deputies.

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