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Vehicle Strikes, Injures OSP Trooper South of Grants Pass
01/01/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper received minor injuries Saturday morning when he was struck by an out-of-control vehicle as he stood next to the patrol car while investigating a traffic crash about six miles south of Grants Pass. The trooper was treated and released at a local hospital.
 
According to Sergeant Tanya Henderson, on January 1, 2011 at approximately 6:45 a.m. Senior Trooper ERIC THOLBERG and Senior Trooper Josh Quick were at the scene of a previous non-injury traffic crash on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 49. Road conditions were very icy in the area. Quick was seated inside the marked OSP Dodge Charger patrol car and THOLBERG was standing next to the passenger side.
 
A 1999 Dodge Durango driven by CATHY FOSTER, age 44, from Central Point, was southbound when FOSTER lost control and slid toward the right guardrail and parked OSP patrol car. THOLBERG saw the oncoming vehicle and tried to jump out of the way but the vehicle struck his left side and leg. THOLBERG was thrown forward, hitting and breaking off the patrol car's right side mirror before landing on the pavement.
 
The Dodge Durango continued through the guardrail and came to rest in the grass along the freeway.
 
THOLBERG was transported by AMR ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. He has worked for OSP for nine years.
 
The OSP patrol car's only damage was that caused by THOLBERG when he struck the right side mirror. The Dodge Durango did not collide into the patrol car.
 
The investigation is continuing and no enforcement action has been taken. OSP was assisted at the scene by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Rogue River Police Department, Rogue River Fire Department, and ODOT.