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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 240 north of Charleston
Trooper Freddie Dunlap
Oregon State Police - Coos Bay
Office: (541) 888-2677 ext. 520

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A Coos Bay-area man died early Sunday morning in a single vehicle crash on Highway 240 (Cape Arago Highway) north of Charleston.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Freddie Dunlap, on July 6, 2008 at approximately 2:34 a.m. a 1988 Chevrolet utility vehicle driven by CHARLES HOUSTON TAYLOR JR., age 50, of Coos Bay, was southbound on Highway 240 near milepost 6 at Tarheel Lane.  TAYLOR lost control of the vehicle, leaving the roadway and striking a utility pole on the shoulder of the highway. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and overturned.
TAYLOR, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was not using safety restraints and was ejected. He had severe injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Law enforcement officers at the scene thoroughly checked the area and used a hand held FLIR system in an effort to locate other potential occupants who could have been ejected. A FLIR system is a heat detection device that is often used to locate people in the hours of darkness.
OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office is conducting the investigation.  Coos County Sheriff's Office, Charleston Fire Department, ODOT, and Mast Brothers Towing assisted at the scene.
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