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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 east of Remote in Coos County
12/24/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation following Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 about five miles east of Remote in Coos County. Icy conditions were a contributing factor in the crash that resulted in the death of a 48-year old Bakersfield, California man.
 
According to OSP Sergeant John Keeler, on December 24, 2009 at approximately 9:45 a.m. a 2000 Ford F350 pickup driven by KENNETH MICHAEL RASMUSSEN, age 48, from Bakersfield, California was westbound on Highway 42 near milepost 43. According to witnesses following the pickup, it traveled across an icy bridge and began to fishtail. 
 
RASMUSSEN lost control, striking an embankment on the westbound shoulder and flipped twice before coming to rest on its top.  RASMUSSEN, who was the lone occupant, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
Coos County Sheriff's Office, Bridge Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was restricted to one lane of travel for about 2 1/2 hours.