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Fatal Traffic Crash - US Forest Service Road 27 east of Prineville
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Mitchell-area man was discovered deceased after his pickup was found crashed in Ochoco National Forest at the bottom of a canyon. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause.

According to OSP Sergeant Don Wagner, on August 22, 2008 at approximately 10:46 p.m. police were dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on USFS Road #27 about 3 miles east of Highway 26. KENNETH RAY NORMAN JR. age 48, from Mitchell, was found deceased after his vehicle was discovered at the bottom of a canyon in a rural area of the National Forest.

The initial investigation revealed that NORMAN was observed earlier in the evening parked in his black 2004 Dodge pickup on a landing overlooking the canyon in which his vehicle was later located. At approximately 10:00 p.m. NORMAN's vehicle was discovered at the bottom of the canyon where it had come to rest several hundred feet down a steep embankment.

NORMAN was ejected from the vehicle and was reportedly not wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash. Due to the rural location and steep terrain emergency personnel worked throughout the night to recover both NORMAN and his vehicle.

OSP troopers from Madras, Prineville and Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Crook County Sheriff's Office and law enforcement Officers from United States Forest Service (USFS) assisted at the scene.

A section of USFS Road #27 was closed for approximately 10 hours while emergency personnel worked at the scene.