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Driver killed in Highway 199 crash still unidentified after OSP investigation

Firefighters managed to knock down the flames and keep spread unto the surrounding brush to a minimum. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Rural Metro said.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 10:22 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2021 5:39 PM

WONDER, Ore. — Oregon State Police released a statement on Friday summarizing its initial investigation into a fatal crash on Redwood Highway early Thursday morning, but the driver remains unidentified.

Rural Metro Fire first released a brief account of firefighters' response to the crash, which resulted in a fire.

According to OSP, state troopers and emergency crews responded to reports of the single-vehicle crash on Highway 199 at milepost 15 just before 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

The initial investigation determined that the driver of a Toyota Tundra was heading southbound on Hwy 199 when they cross over into the northbound lane of travel and careened off the roadway at high speeds. The Toyota went up an embankment, rolled at least once, and came to rest upside down.

The vehicle caught fire and "burned completely," OSP said.

Firefighters managed to knock down the flames and keep spread unto the surrounding brush to a minimum, according to Rural Metro.

OSP said that the driver suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced at the scene. The agency told NewsWatch 12 that the driver has been tentatively identified and next of kin notified, but an official identification will not be made until it can be confirmed through forensic evidence due to the fire.

Highway 199 was shut down for roughly three hours during the response and investigation.

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