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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 west of Interstate 5
09/17/2010
Lieutenant Doug Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
(541) 440-3334

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a Friday afternoon two vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 west of Interstate 5 in Douglas County that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to three others.
 
On September 17, 2010 at approximately 12:50 p.m. a 2005 Chevrolet pickup driven by HAROLD V. BOVEE, age 67, from Myrtle Creek, was westbound on Highway 42 near milepost 76 when it veered across the centerline and collided with an eastbound 2006 Chrysler van with three occupants. After impact, the pickup traveled about 100 yards and came to rest in the brush on the south side of the highway. The van spun around and came to rest in the eastbound lane.
 
BOVEE was using safety restraints and received non-life threatening injuries. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.
 
The van's driver, TERRY L. CREACH, age 32, from Roseburg, and his grandmother/passenger DORTHY CREACH, age 76, from Coquille, in the right front seat were also transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The driver's grandfather LEROY G. CREACH, age 73, from Coquille, seated in the left rear area was pronounced deceased at the scene. All three van occupants were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Winston Police Department, ODOT, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire, and Douglas County District Attorney's Office assisted at the scene.  The highway was closed about five hours.