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Fatal Commercial Truck Crash - Highway 58 east of Oakridge
June 6, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us


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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's fatal commercial truck traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Bonanza, Oregon man along Highway 58 about two miles east of Oakridge.
 
On June 6, 2013 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a commercial truck pulling a trailer driven by RUSSEL ALAN YOUNG, age 57, from Bonanza, was westbound on Highway 58 near milepost 38 when the truck and trailer failed to safely negotiate through a right curve. The truck and trailer crossed the eastbound lane, struck a guardrail and continued off the south side of the highway where several trees were struck before coming to rest off the highway next to Salt Creek.
 
Upon arrival, the truck's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. He was not believed to be using a safety restraint.
 
Particle board which spilled off the trailer but no material or hazardous materials spilled into the waterway.
 
OSP troopers from the Oakridge and Springfield offices responded to investigate. Oakridge Fire Department, NW HazMat, and ODOT are assisting at the scene. The highway was closed one hour and then was open to one lane with flaggers until around mid-afternoon.