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Update: Former Eugene Mayor Ruth Bascom Dies from Injuries Sustained in Aug. 11th Crash north of Burns
08/28/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police was notified Friday that former Eugene mayor, RUTH BASCOM, died Thursday night from injuries she sustained in an August 11th traffic crash fifteen miles north of Burns. OSP is continuing the investigation involving the crash in which here husband was driving their car and he received minor injuries.
 
Initial investigation indicates on August 11, 2010 at approximately 4:30 p.m. a 2009 Toyota Prius driven by JOHN BASCOM, age 85, from Eugene, was southbound on Highway 395 near milepost 56 when he reportedly fell asleep. The car traveled across the northbound lane, off the highway and struck several road side boulders and trees. Passenger RUTH BASCOM, age 84, was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to Harney District Hospital in Burns, before being transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center for further treatment.
 
RUTH BASCOM died Thursday night, August 26, from her injuries.
 
JOHN BASCOM was transported by ambulance to Harney District Hospital with minor injuries.
 
Both individuals were using safety restraints.
 
RUTH BASCOM was the first woman mayor of Eugene, serving their community as mayor from 1993 – 1996.