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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 39 south of Henley
01/28/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Lieutenant Monty Holloway
Klamath County Sheriff's Office
(541) 883-5130

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 39 south of HenleyOSP was assisted by Klamath County deputies and Klamath County Dive Rescue personnel in searching near the Lost River Diversion Canal Bridge after the vehicle was found submerged.
 
On January 28, 2011 at approximately 1:38 p.m. OSP troopers, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and Klamath County Fire District 1 personnel responded to a reported single vehicle crash along Highway 39 near Matney Way after a 2003 Mercury traveling southbound crossed the centerline and went into the Lost River Diversion Canal.  The vehicle floated about 100 yards before coming to rest under the diversion canal bridge.  The water depth in this area of the canal is approximately 13 feet.
 
With the assistance of two Klamath Falls men, Patrick Jones and Colby Hammond, Klamath County Fire District 1 fire medic Glen Johnson was able to pry open the vehicle’s door and remove driver SHIRLEY ANN GREENBANK, age 79, from Tule Lake, California.
 
Despite medical personnel CPR attempts to revive GREENBANK, she was pronounced deceased about an hour later at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls.
 
KCSO diver rescue personnel searched the water for any additional occupants but it appears the vehicle was occupied by only the victim driver.
 
No OSP photographs available for this release.