MALHEUR COUNTY, OR - The Oregon State Police (OSP) is reporting that on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at approximately 7:04 a.m., OSP responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 267 in Malheur County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Toyota Tundra, operated by Tad Stringam (48) of Prineville, was traveling east across the Nyssa Snake River Bridge when it slid into the westbound lane of travel.  A commercial motor vehicle, operated by Jose Ambriz (64) of Heyburn ID, was traveling west across the bridge at the time and swerved, trying to avoid the collision.  The Toyota struck the commercial motor vehicle and the driver of the Tundra was ejected.  

The operator of the Toyota (Stringam), was found deceased by the side of the Toyota.  

A female passenger of the Toyota, Tami Stringam (48) of Bend, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately three hours.

OSP was assisted by Nyssa Police Department, Ontario Rescue 1, Idaho State Police, Canyon County Sheriff's Office, Idaho Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Oregon State Police (OSP) is a multi-disciplined organization that is charged with protecting the people, wildlife, and natural resources in Oregon. OSP enforces traffic laws on the state’s roadways, investigates and solves crime, conducts postmortem examinations and forensic analysis, and provides background checks, and law enforcement data. The agency regulates gaming and enforces fish, wildlife, and natural resource laws. OSP is comprised of more than 1,400 staff members – including troopers, investigators, and professional staff – who provide a full range of policing and public safety services to Oregon and other law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon.


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