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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 near John Day in Grant County

October 23, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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A 69-year old Portland-area man died Tuesday afternoon following a two vehicle traffic crash along Highway 26 just west of John Day in Grant County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

On October 22, 2013 at approximately 4:25 p.m., a 2012 Ford F450 four-door pickup driven by an Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) employee was traveling eastbound at about 55 mph on Highway 26 near milepost 159 when it was struck from behind by a 1958 Chevrolet two-door driven by GEORGE JAMES RAEBURN, age 69, from northeast Portland. Preliminary investigation indicates the Chevrolet was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the back of the ODFW vehicle.

An OSP trooper arrived on scene, removed Mr. RAEBURN and initiated emergency medical care until EMS arrived. RAEBURN was transported by ambulance to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day where he was pronounced deceased after arrival. He was not using a lap safety belt installed in the vehicle.

Driver SCOTT POWELL, age 48, from John Day, and the two adult male passengers in the ODFW vehicle were not injured. The three ODFW employees were using safety restraints and their vehicle had minimal rear damage.

OSP troopers from the John Day work site are continuing the investigation. Speed and alcohol are being investigated as contributing factors. Senior Trooper Cody Weaver is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Grant County Sheriff's Office, John Day Police Department, and ODOT. One lane was closed for over two hours.


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