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Injury Traffic Crash Involving OSP Trooper - Highway 42 east of Myrtle Point
01/03/2008
Sergeant John Keeler
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
Office: (541) 888-2677

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The Coos County Sheriff's Office is continuing an investigation into a Wednesday afternoon traffic crash involving an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper on Highway 42 about five miles east of Myrtle Point. The trooper was not injured and the other involved driver received non-life threatening injuries.
 
According to a Coos County Sheriff's Office news release, on January 2, 2008 at approximately 5:41 p.m. OSP Trooper FREDDIE DUNLAP was eastbound enroute to a reported three vehicle crash on Highway 42 near the Coos / Douglas county line. A westbound vehicle driven by KAREN HEUCHEROTCH, age 66, from Coos Bay, lost control for an unknown reason, crossed the centerline and collided with the OSP patrol car.
 
Trooper DUNLAP was using safety restraints and was not injured.  HEUCHEROTCH was transported to Coquille Valley Hospital with reportedly non-life threatening injuries.
 
The investigation is being done by the Coos County Crash Team with the assistance of OSP. Additional help at the scene provided by Bridge First Responders, Myrtle Point Fire & Ambulance, and ODOT.
 
Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to Coos County Sheriff's Office.