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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south of Gold Beach
07/20/2010
Sergeant Scott Punch
Oregon State Police - Gold Beach
(541) 247-6641

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that killed a Brookings-area man, injured a commercial truck driver, and led to a several hour closure of Highway 101 south of Gold Beach due to a fire flamed by high winds that spread on both sides of the highway.
 
On July 20, 2010 at approximately 1:45 p.m. a 2009 Toyota Scion driven by VINCENT JARAMILLO, age 33, from Brookings, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 331 when, for an unknown reason, it drifted into the southbound lane and collided with a 2010 Freightliner pulling two trailers. After impact, the commercial truck and trailers continued southbound about 200 yards then broke through the guardrail and tipped onto its side. The truck subsequently caught fire which spread into the nearby brush.
 
JARAMILLO was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The truck's driver, ALLEN HART, age 61, was transported to Curry General Hospital with minor injuries.
 
Fire personnel from Coos Forest Protective Association, Gold Beach, Pistol, Ophir, and Cape Ferrello fire departments have been working together to control the fire. Questions regarding fire suppression efforts should be directed to the fire departments.
 
Cal-Or Life Flight and Curry County Sheriff's Office also assisted at the scene.