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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 near Winston
Lieutenant Doug Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
(541) 440-3334

A Winston-area man died Friday evening when his motorcycle collided with a pickup at the intersection of Highway 42 and Grange Road east of Winston. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
On September 24, 2010 at approximately 7:20 p.m. a 2006 Chevrolet pickup driven by RODNEY NICHOLSON JR., age 26, from Roseburg, was stopped westbound on Highway 42 near milepost 75 in the left turn lane. As the pickup began to turn left toward Grange Road it collided with an eastbound 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle operated by GEORGE JONES, age 64, from Winston.
JONES, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Nicholson was not injured. The pickup's airbag deployed.

OSP troopers and an OSP crash reconstructionist are continuing the investigation. Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire Department, ODOT, and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office responded to the scene and assisted.

The eastbound lanes were closed during the investigation as traffic was diverted around the scene with minimal delays.

Any witnesses to the crash that were not interviewed during the evening are asked to call OSP at (541) 440-3333.