May 29, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
On May 28, 2013 at approximately 12:40 p.m., a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by PETER JOHN BROPHY, age 55, from Crescent, was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 48. After going through a curve, for an unknown reason the pickup traveled across the centerline into the westbound lane and struck a travel trailer pulled behind a 2007 GMC pickup driven by BRIAN KRAAL, age 58, from Springfield. The Toyota pickup then continued into the side of a tanker truck and trailer that was following the GMC pickup.
BROPHY was extricated by firefighters from Oakridge Fire Department and then taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of serious injuries. He died late Tuesday afternoon. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
KRAAL, his female passenger, and the commercial truck driver, KENNETH DOOLEY, age 53, from Eugene, were not injured. They were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Springfield and Oakridge offices responded to the scene. Senior Trooper Erich Schermerhorn is the lead investigator.
ODOT and Oakridge Fire Department assisted at the scene. The roadway was partially blocked for about 5 hours during emergency response and investigation.