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Car crashes into White City pasture, deputies search for driver

Kelsey Yawn is no stranger to car accidents on or around her property. Tuesday morning's crash was the fourth one this summer.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 11:26 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- Kelsey Yawn is no stranger to car accidents on or around her property. Tuesday morning's crash was the fourth one this summer.

Kelsey Yawn started her Tuesday morning by letting her dogs outside. That's when she saw a damaged car on her pasture and about 36 yards of fencing on the ground. The person who was driving the car was nowhere to be found.

"I thought 'Oh no, not again!" Yawn recalled. "We've had four accidents in front of the house this summer. Once it's in the fence and I have a hole, it's a whole other bucket of worms. It takes missing work every time this happens. It's not a quick fix. We haven't prepared for this. It turns into a big ordeal."

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office came by and asked questions. A tow truck came shortly after to tow the car away. Now Yawn is left with a hole in her fencing and glass from the car's window littered across the pasture.

"There was a lot going on and a lot I had to do. I had to move the cows out of the pasture because it was totally open to the road. No one got out, praise the Lord. That was a real fear because that's another problem," Yawn said.

This isn't the first time she'd had to move her cows to another part of the property. Last month, the stretch of Antioch Road that her property is on was closed for almost two weeks when a tanker crashed, spilling 2,500 gallons of jet fuel right in front of Yawn's property.

She doesn't think the road is dangerous. Instead she thinks many of the crashes are from human error. She believes people drive too fast in the area. She also blames distracted driving.

"People are not paying attention and it just takes a second. By then, it is already too late," Yawn added.

Now she and her cows are forced to wait until the fence is fixed again.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is still looking for the person that walked away from the accident.

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