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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls
12/30/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

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A Prineville-area man died and his wife was injured Tuesday afternoon when their pickup traveled off Highway 97 about twelve miles north of Klamath Falls and rolled down an embankment.
 
According to Oregon State Police Trooper Patrick Irish, on December 30, 2008 at approximately 2:45 p.m. a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup driven by AL LENNON NEVILLE, age 84, from Prineville, was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 260 when, for an unknown reason, it drove across the southbound lane and off the opposite shoulder. The pickup traveled down the embankment and rolled, coming to rest on its top about 40 feet from the highway near railroad tracks.
 
AL NEVILLE was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints and the pickup's airbags deployed.
 
His wife, CLARA BELLE NEVILLE, age 79, was using safety restraints and received non-life threatening injuries. She was transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation. ODOT, Klamath County Fire District, and Union Pacific Railroad law enforcement personnel assisted at the scene.