January 21, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is crediting a Klamath Falls man for rescuing a seriously injured driver following an early Sunday morning traffic crash along Highway 58 twelve miles west of Highway 97.
On January 19, 2014 at 3:54 a.m., an OSP trooper was dispatched from Bend to a reported traffic crash on Highway 58 near milepost 74. While enroute, the trooper was directed to go to the Highway 97/Highway 58 junction to meet an ambulance and the injured driver who was transported by a passing motorist.
Trooper Josh Nagle arrived at the junction location at 4:37 a.m. and contacted the injured driver identified as MARK THOMPSON, age 18, from Fort Klamath. THOMPSON was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
THOMPSON was transported to the awaiting ambulance by JOHN CROWE, age 47, from Klamath Falls. CROWE told OSP he was driving eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 74 around 3:30 a.m. when he saw debris on the road and an illuminated taillight off the north side of the highway. After turning around and stopping, CROWE went down an embankment to the vehicle and found its driver inside seriously injured.
CROWE wasn’t able to get a cell phone connection to call 9-1-1. Due to the 18 degree weather and the fact that the injured driver said he had been in the vehicle over 2 hours, CROWE carried THOMPSON up the embankment to his pickup and started driving eastbound. Once he got cell phone reception, CROWE called 9-1-1 and arranged to meet Crescent Rural Fire Protection District firefighters and medics at the Highway 97 / Highway 58 junction.
After THOMPSON left for the hospital, the trooper went to the crash scene and noted 2004 Buick crossed the oncoming lane of travel, left the roadway and traveled approximately 400 feet on the shoulder before striking trees and coming to a stop down the embankment. Road conditions were dry. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
“Mr. Crowe did an outstanding job caring for the injured driving and taking him to where medics could take over and get him to a hospital for much-needed care,” said Nagle.
No photographs from crash scene available for this release.
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