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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south of Port Orford
12/01/2009
Sergeant Scott Punch
Oregon State Police - Gold Beach
Office: (541) 247-6641 ext. 222
 
Secondary Contact:
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into an early Tuesday morning single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 101 about seven miles south of Port Orford.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Scott Punch, on December 1, 2009 at approximately 12:51 a.m. a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup driven by FRANKLIN THOMAS, age 46, from Gold Beach, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 308. After negotiating a sharp right curve, the pickup traveled off the west shoulder and rolled.
 
THOMAS was not using safety restraints and was ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Highway 101 was closed at the scene for about two hours.
 
OSP troopers from the Gold Beach office are continuing the investigation. Alcohol is a possible contributing factor.
 
ODOT, Cal-Or Ambulance, Port Orford Fire Department and Curry County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.
 
No photographs available for release.
 
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