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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 66 west of Klamath Falls
01/15/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 66 about five miles west of Klamath Falls that resulted in the death of a 34-year old Klamath Falls-area man. Alcohol, speed and lack of safety restraint use are being investigated as possible contributing factors.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, on January 14, 2011, at approximately 6:08 p.m. a 1993 Honda Civic driven by PETER WAYNE MORRIS, age 34, from Klamath Falls, was eastbound on Highway 66 near milepost 53 when MORRIS lost control. The car slid off the eastbound shoulder, collided with a fence and then into a large tree where it came to rest.
 
MORRIS was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints.
 

Highway 66 was completely blocked for an hour, and then restricted to one lane for one additional hour.
 

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Keno Fire Department and ODOT.
 

While the last remaining trooper at the scene was preparing to leave, a citizen stopped and reported another vehicle passing the crash scene that was driving "all over the road." The trooper found and stopped the vehicle, subsequently arresting the driver for DUII, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and felony Driving While Suspended. That driver's name is not available for this release but his operators license was suspended following a 2003 hit and run crash that caused serious physical injury to others.