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Update: Victim Identified - Death Investigation - Interstate 84 in The Dalles
05/29/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed notification of next of kin of a man who died after jumping out of a moving Greyhound bus window Wednesday morning along Interstate 84 in The Dalles.
 
The victim is identified as a Florida man who was enroute to Tacoma, Washington.
DARRYL INGEMAR DIXON, age 40, from Davenport, Florida, reportedly boarded a Greyhound bus in Orlando, Florida and was enroute to Tacoma, Washington to visit a relative.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Pat Shortt, on May 28, 2008 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a Greyhound bus with about 35 passengers was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 86 at approximately 65 - 70 mph when a passenger seated near the rear right side of the bus identified as DIXON opened a window and attempted to jump out. DIXON was pulled back in by another bus passenger, but within seconds he made a second attempt and jumped out onto the freeway shoulder.
 
DIXON was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passengers described his behavior as irrational and unusual prior to the incident. At this time, investigating OSP troopers have been unable to determine a cause for his behavior related to this incident.
 
Troopers report the estimated 3 foot by 4 foot window was opened when DIXON pulled on an emergency release lever that allowed the bottom of the window to swing open, providing the space for him to jump out.
 
The bus driver was unaware of what was happening until he was in the process of jumping out as passengers were yelling to get the driver's attention.
 
The passenger who attempted to prevent DIXON from jumping received a minor finger injury. He was treated and released from Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles before rejoining the bus on its scheduled stop in Portland.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. One lane was closed for 3 about hours. The Dalles Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
Photographs related to this incident are avaible with the initial news release dated May 28th.