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Death Investigation - Highway 97 in northern Klamath County
01/20/2012
Sergeant David MacKenzie
Oregon State Police - Bend
(541) 633-2214

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of Aurora man found deceased in his commercial truck Thursday afternoon along Highway 97 in northern Klamath County. Initial investigation indicates he died from a medical problem after being contacted earlier by an OSP trooper while he was putting chains on his truck.
 
According to Senior Trooper Don Newcomb, on January 19, 2012 at approximately 3:15 p.m. a tow truck driver stopped to help a commercial truck that became stuck along Highway 97 near milepost 219 south of the Highway 138 junction. The truck’s driver, DAVID H. ACTON, age 49, from Aurora, was found slumped over inside the cab.
 
Troopers and local medical personnel responded and ACTON was pronounced deceased at the scene due to an apparent medical problem. About 45 minutes earlier, an OSP trooper had contacted ACTON while he was attempting to put chains on his truck. There was no indication that he was experiencing a medical problem at that time.
 
ACTON was driving for Northwest Wholesale and Retreading out of Portland.