DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — A crash along Highway 138E about 22 miles east of Glide near Dry Creek in Douglas County took the life of two people on a motorcycle.
According to the Oregon State Police Sgt. Matt Bowersox, on Sunday at about 3:00 p.m. a 2003 Harley Davidson driven by Scotty Schull, 47 of Winston, was traveling westbound on HWY 138E near milepost 40 when the crash happened. The motorcycle went through a curve and it traveled into the eastbound lane and struck the side of an eastbound 2009 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup driven by Darrell Brintnall, 64 from Portland.
Schull and his passenger, Karen Black, 51 from Winston, were both later pronounced dead at the scene. Both were wearing protective helmets. Brintnall and five other occupants in the pickup were not injured, they were all wearing safety restraints.
HWY 138E was closed at the crash scene until 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Oregon State Police is continuing their investigation\
Below is some information from ODOT on crashes and holiday driving.
According to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a brief look at Labor Day holiday traffic crash statistics in Oregon since 1970 indicates:
* Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
* Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
* Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
* The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
* Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.
The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:
* Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
* Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
* Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
* Avoid distractions; don’t use a mobile device while driving.
* Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.
Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.