Medford man killed, woman injured in crash on Malheur County highway

Richard and Barbara Kozol were heading east on Highway 20 in their Gulfstream motorhome, police said.

Posted: Sep 19, 2019 9:55 AM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 10:17 AM

BURNS, Ore. — A Medford couple was involved in a major crash along Highway 20 in Malheur County on Wednesday, according to Oregon State Police. Two people were killed and two others injured in the crash.

Shortly after noon, state troopers and emergency crews responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 219 northeast of Burns. They found that a motorhome and a pickup truck, both pulling trailers, had collided.

Preliminary investigation of the crash found that 78-year-old Richard Kozol and 73-year-old Barbara Kozol of Medford were heading eastbound on Hwy 20 in a 2006 Gulfstream Motorhome and towing a Suzuki Samurai when they crossed into the westbound lanes on a curve for "unknown reasons," OSP said.

72-year-old John Haynes and 67-year-old Debra Townsend of Palo Cedro, California were driving westbound in a 2011 Ford F-250 and pulling a 30-foot travel trailer when Kozol crossed the line.

In the resulting crash, both drivers — Richard Kozol and John Haynes — were killed. Barbara Kozol and Debra Townsend were both taken to hospitals in Idaho.

The eastbound lane of Hwy 20 was closed for about four hours, OSP said.

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