The male drivers of both vehicles were pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash seriously injured the adult male passenger in the pickup and the adult female passenger in the sport utility vehicle.
Oregon State Police identified the Ranger's occupants as driver Cayden Thomas Fitch, 18, and his father, Bryan Fitch, 43, both of Lincoln City. Bryan Fitch is employed as an Oregon State Police trooper out of the Newport Area Command office and was off duty traveling with his son when the crash occurred.
The Toyota RAV4 occupants are identified as driver Michael Joseph Moylett, 69, and his wife Estella Moylett, both from Gresham.
Bryan Fitch and Estella Moylett were transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.
Preliminary scene investigation indicates the Ford pickup was traveling eastbound when it pulled into the westbound lane to pass a vehicle and collided head-on with the Toyota RAV4. The area where the crash occurred is a two-lane highway.
The pickup came to rest across the center of the highway. The sport utility vehicle came to rest on the north side of the highway in an area bordering bushes and trees. All occupants were using safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Salem and McMinnville offices are investigating along with collision reconstructionists from OSP and the Keizer Police Department. The Keizer Police Department, at OSP's request, will provide the crash reconstruction report to the District Attorney's office when completed. The Polk County District Attorney and Polk County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.
The highway was closed for about six hours with a detour in place provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
"We speak often publicly about how families and friends are affected by motor vehicle collisions and that lives are forever impacted," said OSP Superintendent Richard Evans. "Friday evening, two families and our department are sadly experiencing such a loss. Please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers."