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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash Involving Ambulance - Clear Lake Road northwest of Eugene

August 1, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lane County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's head-on crash on Clear Lake Road west of Green Hill Road northwest of Eugene. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female and injuries to three people in an ambulance. The names of the two paramedics and ambulance patient are released in this update.

On July 31, 2013 at approximately 11:50 a.m., a Eugene Fire & EMS ambulance occupied by two paramedics and one patient was eastbound on Clear Lake Road traveling through a curve when a westbound sport utility vehicle with one occupant crossed the centerline. The ambulance driver couldn't avoid the oncoming vehicle and they collided head-on.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle, PATRICIA L. MORGAN, age 57, from Junction City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The two paramedics and patient in the ambulance were transported by another ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries. The ambulance was on a non-emergency transport with no lights or siren activated.

The ambulance driver is identified as Firefighter/EMT-I JASON LOCKETT, age 26. In the rear of the ambulance was Fire Engineer/Paramedic MARK UNDERHILL, age 31, and patient ROBERT C. CRAMBLIT, age 61, from Junction City. According to Chief Randy DeWitt, LOCKETT and UNDERHILL were treated and released from the hospital.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Lane Rural Fire Rescue, Eugene Fire & EMS, and ODOT. Clear Lake Road was opened about 4:15 p.m. to area traffic.

Questions regarding the involved firefighters should be directed to Eugene Fire & EMS.

 

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