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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 395 near Lake / Harney County Line
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 395 near the Lake / Harney county line. The crash resulted in the death of an elderly Lakeview-area man and serious injuries to his wife. The victim's daughter was driving the vehicle and did not required medical transport. Black ice conditions were a contributing factor.
According to OSP Sergeant Steve Yates, on December 18, 2009 at approximately 8:30 a.m. a 2004 Dodge 1500 Ram pickup driven by BARBARA LOUISE LARSON, age 66, from College Place, Washington was northbound on Highway 395 near milepost 35 negotiating an uphill right curve when it lost control on black ice. The pickup rotated across the southbound lane, rolled multiple times and came to rest on its top about 100 yards off the highway.
Rear seat passenger JOHN ROBERT CLOUGH, age 90, from Lakeview, was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints.
LARSON was using safety restraints and was not injured to the point of needing medical transport.
The victim's wife, right front passenger ROBITA MAY CLOUGH, age 86, from Lakeview, was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. It is believed she was using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Lakeview office are continuing the investigation. Troopers from the Burns office also responded to assist as did ODOT, Lake County Sheriff's Office, Harney County Sheriff's Office, BLM, Harney and Christmas Valley ambulances, and Hines Fire Department.
Highway 395 was briefly closed to allow for the air ambulance to land and transport ROBITA CLOUGH from the scene.