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Possible explosive devices found following Highway 101 fatal crash

The driver of a vehicle that fled from deputies near Reedsport is dead following a crash along Highway 101.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 2:00 PM
Updated: Jul 1, 2020 2:06 PM

REEDSPORT, Ore. — A driver who fled from deputies is dead following a crash along Highway 101 near Reedsport, according to Oregon State Police. Officers are also investigating possible explosive devices found at the scene.

OSP said that a Douglas County deputy tried to stop the driver of a vehicle south of Reedsport on Highway 101 just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The driver sped away, eventually crashing on the highway near Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.

The driver did not survive the crash, OSP said.

At the scene, officers discovered "what appeared to be explosive devices" — prompting them to call in the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit.

OSP is still investigating the crash. The agency said that Highway 101 will be closed for several hours with no detour in place.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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