BROWNSVILLE, Ore. -- A 16-year-old died in a crash with a tow truck Sunday afternoon when she was driving west on Highway 228 with her mother, Oregon State Police said.
The teenage driver's mother and the tow truck driver both received minor injuries in the crash, officials report.
The crash happened at around 2:50 p.m. Sunday just east of Interstate 5 when Caroline Nichole Huss, 16, who was driving west, crossed the center line. State troopers say the Suburban was hit in the left side by an eastbound tow truck.
The crash blocked the highway near milepost 8, about 2 miles east of Brownsville.
Caroline was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother, Angela Huss, 37, was sitting in the front seat and sustained a few minor injuries.
The tow truck driver, Allan R. Wooster, 53, of Eugene, was taken to Sacred Heart at Riverbend with minor injuries.
The roadway was closed for nearly five hours while crews worked to clear the crash scene.
Photo of Caroline Huss taken from her memorial Facebook page
Relatives say Huss was a talented singer, avid soccer player and a kind soul that brightened the lives of everyone she knew.
Caroline's grandmother, Jacque Fleming, says Caroline had her learner's permit and was driving with her mom to go pick up her brother.
"Life is totally taken for granted... how quickly it can be taken away," said Fleming.