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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 204 west of Elgin
November 22, 2012

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

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the La Grande Area Command office are continuing the investigation into an early Thursday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult male on Highway 204 about three miles west of Elgin.
 
On November 22, 2012 at approximately 3:40 a.m., a 1989 Chevrolet pickup driven by TROY D. TEMPLETON, age 44, from Elgin, was northbound on Summerville Road at a high rate of speed when it traveled through the T-intersection at Highway 204, went airborne and crashed into an embankment. The pickup, with the driver inside, caught fire and was totalled. TEMPLETON was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators haven't confirmed yet if he was using safety restraints.
 
Firefighters from Elgin Fire Department and OSP troopers responded to the scene. Trooper Grant Jackson is the lead investigator.