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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126E east of Vida
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 Thursday morning's fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a Cottage Grove-area man on Highway 126 East about five miles east of Vida.
According to OSP Lieutenant Robert Edwards, on February 4, 2010 at approximately 10:45 a.m. a loaded log truck driven by JIMMY RAY MARTIN, age 49, from Cottage Grove, was westbound on Highway 126 East near milepost 32. While negotiating a slight curve, for unknown reasons MARTIN drove off the northbound shoulder of the highway and impacted a steep embankment. The crash caused the logs on the trailer to shift forward, impacting the truck's cab and fatally injuring MARTIN and a small dog that was riding with him.
MARTIN was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of an OSP collision reconstructionist.
McKenzie Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. Northwest Haz Mat was called out to assist with minor fuel leak resulting from the crash.
Traffic was limited to one lane, with intermittent complete closures, for about three hours.