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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 east of Madras
09/30/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash on Highway 26 east of Madras that resulted in the death of a Prineville man and injuries to three others. Investigators are seeking information regarding a vehicle that may have been a contributing factor in this crash.
 
On September 29, 2009 at approximately 4:57 p.m. a 2001 Ford Explorer driven by RONALD DALE CALKINS, age 70, from Prineville, was traveling eastbound with his wife and another couple on Highway 26 approaching the intersection with SW Dover Lane. According to the driver and an independent witness, an unidentified white vehicle, possibly a sport utility or four-door sedan, entered the intersection from SW Dover Lane into the path of the Ford Explorer. CALKINS reportedly took evasive action, went off the north side of the highway and rolled at least once before his vehicle came to rest on its top.
 
Right front passenger RICHARD WAYNE BREESE, age 74, from Prineville, was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported from the scene by Jefferson County Ambulance and died while enroute to Mountain View Hospital.
 
RONALD CALKINS and the two rear passengers identified as CAROL CALKINS, age 77, and DOTTIE BREESE, age 74, were using safety restraints and received non-life threatening injuries. All three were transported by ambulance to Mountain View Hospital. CAROL CALKINS was later transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
 
OSP troopers from the Madras work site are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information regarding the unidentified white vehicle is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Jefferson County Fire Department, and ODOT.