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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 216 west of Grass Valley
09/05/2011
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of Sherman County Sheriff's Office, is continuing the investigation into a single vehicle fatal traffic crash found Monday morning over 400 feet down a steep rocky hillside off Highway 216 west of Grass Valley.
 
On September 5, 2011 at approximately 5:50 a.m. a citizen notified Sherman County Sheriff's Office of a vehicle spotted down a hillside along Highway 216 near milepost 10. After police and fire personnel arrived on scene they confirmed there was a single fatality.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates at an unknown time on September 4 or the early morning hours of September 5, a 1972 Ford pickup driven by the victim was eastbound on Highway 216 when it failed to negotiate a curve, traveled onto the gravel shoulder and crashed into a guardrail. The pickup continued over the guardrail and rolled several times down a steep rocky hillside before coming to rest on its wheels about 424 feet down from the highway.
 
Sherman County Sheriff's Office coordinated retrieval of the victim who is identified as JAMES ANDREW MIDDLETON, age 53, from Grass Valley.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. ODOT, North Sherman Fire Department, and South Sherman Fire Department assisted at the scene.