Fatal Crash – HWY 11 – Umatilla County

On Sunday, July 9, 2023, at approximately 1:47 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-11, at the intersection with Hwy-331, in Umatilla County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Douglas Jack McEwen (76) of Pendleton, was southbound on Hwy 11 and attempted to make a left turn onto Hwy 331. The Chevrolet failed to yield the right of way to a northbound Ford Excursion, operated by Erin Terese Wyttenbach (54) of Athena, and the vehicles collided head on. 

The operator of the Chevrolet (McEwen) was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced deceased on scene. 

The operator of the Ford (Wyttenbach) was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The northbound lane of Hwy 11 was closed for approximately 3 1/2 hours during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Pendleton Fire, Umatilla Tribal Fire, and ODOT.