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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Sutherlin
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
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One person died and another received minor injuries following a single vehicle rollover crash Saturday morning southbound Interstate 5 about three miles south of Sutherlin. The victim, who died later at a Roseburg hospital, was found alive by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in thick brush off the freeway after he was left there by a passenger who tried to find help.
On August 9, 2008 at approximately 5:44 a.m. OSP Trooper Robert Gorman and Trooper Aaron Baimbridge were called out from their residences to respond to a single vehicle rollover crash southbound Interstate 5 at milepost 133. While enroute to the scene the troopers were notified by responding emergency medical personnel from Douglas County Fire that they could find no one with the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, fire personnel returning from the scene notified OSP of a Hispanic male walking northbound that may be associated with the crash.
The troopers found the subject identified as DOROTEO MORALES MORALES, age 21, from Madera, California, about one mile north of the crash scene walking along Highway 99 which parallels Interstate 5 in this area. MORALES had minor injuries consistent with being injured in a crash, and despite a language barrier the troopers were able to learn the injured driver was back where the crash occurred.
Troopers transported MORALES back to the crash scene where the vehicle, a 1996 Ford Explorer two-door displaying California license plates, was damaged after rolling over on the inside freeway median. MORALES told troopers that driver JOSE MARTINEZ SANTIAGO, age 43, from Mexico, fell asleep and lost control after awakening. The Ford rolled on its top onto a cable guardrail, ejecting both occupants as it rolled down the embankment toward the northbound lanes and stopped on its wheels in the median.
MORALES helped the injured SANTIAGO across the southbound lanes and into a heavy brush area about 30 feet off the freeway where he left him and tried to find help.
MORALES led the troopers to the brush where SANTIAGO was conscious but in obvious pain. Medical personnel were dispatched back to the scene and subsequently transported SANTIAGO to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg where he died from injuries at about 8:30 a.m. Next of kin were notified with the assistance of a translator.
MORALES had minor injuries not requiring hospitalization.
OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are completing the investigation.