Names released for Monday’s fatal crash

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

The names of the victims in Monday morning’s head-on collision that killed two were released Tuesday by the Glenn County Sheriff’s-Coroner’s Office.

The next of kin for both men has been notified.

At about 6:15 a.m. on Monday, August 23, the driver of a 2002 Ford Explorer pickup was traveling north on Highway 45, south of County Road 56.

There were three passengers in the Explorer: a 35-year-old woman, an eight-year-old boy, and a 10-year-old boy. All of the Ford’s occupants were from Middleton, Idaho, according to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, or Caldwell, Idaho, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two communities are adjacent to each other.

The driver of the second vehicle, a Hamilton City man, was traveling south on Highway 45 in a 2000 Chevy Malibu, approaching the Ford.

For unknown reasons, the Ford traveled into the southbound lane, into the path of the Chevy. The two vehicles collided head-on.

The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene. The three passengers in the Ford Explorer, having suffered major injuries, were transported for medical aid, two by helicopters and one by ground ambulance.

The driver of the Explorer has been identified as Shawn Jeremy Barbee. The Hamilton City man who was driving the Malibu has been identified as Camerino Ramos-Ortiz.

Shawn Barbee’s next of kin was identified as Lorraine Barbee of Middleton, Idaho. Rosa Hernandez Ramos was said to be Camerino Ramos-Ortiz’s next of kin.

It isn’t clear what the names are of the survivors of crash. The sheriff’s log item lists an “Involved Party” by the name of Marcinna Ann Holmgreen of Caldwell, Idaho, and it lists Preston and Trenton Andruss, addresses unknown, as “Juvenile Witnesses,” but it is not at all clear that they were victims of the accident.

An attempt was made by The Observer to contact the sheriff’s office in order to determine whether these are indeed the names of the survivors of the crash, but the reporter was told that the sheriff was out for the day.

The bodies of the two men who were killed were released to the care of F.D. Sweet and Son Mortuary of Willows.

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