Chopper coming inOREGON CASCADES: An injured climber spent the night on the slopes of Mount Washington after an accident over the weekend. Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports 20-year-old Sarah Ford of Bend was rescued from Mt. Washington after nightly where temperatures dropped below freezing. On Sunday night October 11th, at 11:23 p.m., the Deschutes County 9-1-1 center received a cell phone call from Ford reporting that she had been hit in the head by a falling rock while rappelling down from the 7,700 foot elevation level of Mt. Washington which is located on the Linn/ Deschutes County line.
The Deschutes County 9-1-1 center was able to capture Sarah’s cell phone location accurate to within 1/2 mile. Sarah’s cell phone was at 1% battery charge when she called 9-1-1 and attempts to re-contact her by phone were unsuccessful. The rescue information was relayed to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 center just after midnight. Deputies, 14 LCSO Search and Rescue members, six members of the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Team and three LCSO Posse members responded to the area and searched throughout the night, locating Ford at 6:49 a.m.

BR crash victimToday, just before 6 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash off the roadway on Highway 20 near milepost 98 (just west of Sisters).
Initial information indicates a 1996 Honda was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest on it's side. Upon emergency crews arriving, the found the operator, Troy A Crabb, 35, of Blue River, deceased.

Fish truck wreckOn January 7, Oregon State Police troopers cited Ray C. Lewis, 45, of Umpqua Oregon, for the crimes of DUII-alcohol, and Reckless Driving into Lane County Circuit Court. At approximately 2:50 p.m. on December 30th, a westbound Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) fish delivery tanker driving on highway 126E was loaded with 11,000 Chinook salmon smolts and water and headed to the Row River near Cottage Grove where they were to be released. The fish were being transferred as a result of low water concerns at McKenzie Hatchery caused by floodgate malfunctions at Leaburg Dam, which provides water to the hatchery.

VIDA: Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 40-year old woman along Highway 126 about four miles east of Vida.

VIDA: A vehicle involved in a fatal accident last month remains on the bottom of the McKenzie River. On May 13th, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a submerged vehicle in the water near milepost 31 at approximately 6:57 p.m.
A short time later they located a person floating down the river. The victim was recovered by McKenzie River Fire & Rescue personnel and was transported to the hospital by LifeFlight.
Identified as Beverly Fry-Hadden, 60, of Vida, she was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

On Saturday, June 28th, at approximately 3:00 p.m. a 1999 Honda Accord 2 door driven by Janice Marie Smith of Warm Springs Oregon, was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 126 near milepost 28.  For unknown reasons the driver veered onto the soft gravel shoulder, over corrected and crossed the westbound lane - crashing into a rock embankment. The right front passenger was identified as Johanna Polly James Mathison.

Clear Lake wreckMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's single vehicle injury traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126 south of Santiam Pass in Linn County.

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday afternoon's motorcycle-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 126E at Mill Creek Road west of McKenzie Bridge. The victim's name will be released Sunday to allow family additional time for next of kin notifications. OSP is seeking witnesses who reportedly were at the intersection when the crash occurred but left before they could be interviewed.


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