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Death Investigation - Highway 22 near Santiam Junction
01/13/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Linn County medical examiner are completing an investigation into the death of a Mollala-area man Wednesday morning from a possible heart attack while chaining up a commercial truck near Santiam Pass. An OSP trooper, ODOT employee and an off duty paramedic attempted to revive the man for over 30 minutes before he was pronounced deceased.
 
On January 12, 2011 at approximately 9:28 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Joseph Craig was notified by a passing motorist that a man was lying in the snow next to a commercial vehicle on Highway 22 about one mile west of Santiam Junction. Craig arrived six minutes later and found KEVIN LEE MELING, age 46, from Molalla, lying in the snow next to a commercial truck where it appears he was chaining up a tire on one of the axles. Craig notified OSP Northern Command Center dispatch what he found and to have medical personnel respond.
 
Craig started CPR and was joined a few minutes later by an ODOT employee at the scene. CPR efforts continued for over 30 minutes until they were joined by an off-duty Marion County EMT who assisted with CPR. After the arrival of Sisters / Camp Sherman fire personnel and additional lifesaving efforts, MELING was pronounced deceased after 10:37 a.m.
 
MELING was driving for Bridgeport Trucking out of Portland.