June 13, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
On June 13, 2013 at approximately 7:25 a.m., a 1996 Dodge Neon two-door driven by PATRICIA DARLENE DUNNING, age 47, from Florence, was eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 40 when it traveled off the highway, struck a utility pole in the driver's door, and came to rest of its side down an embankment. The power pole was sheared at its base and power lines came down near the vehicle.
After emergency responders were able to reach the vehicle, DUNNING was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed. She was driving with a suspended operator license.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Conditions at the time were described as raining hard and wet pavement. Senior Trooper Gale Cochell is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane Fire Authority, ODOT and Emerald People's Utility District. Traffic was restricted to one lane for about 4 hours.