Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 97 near Klamath Falls
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation to confirm the cause of a Thursday afternoon single vehicle fatal traffic crash the resulted in the death of a 76-year old Klamath Falls man along Highway 97 near Klamath Falls. The man’s name will be released Friday. Preliminary investigation indicates a pre-existing medical condition may have been a contributing factor.
According to Sergeant Patrick Trippett, on October 3, 2013 at approximately 2:01 p.m., a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup driven by the victim was traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 271 when it slowly drifted to the right, went off the shoulder and struck a culvert next to a driveway access. The impact caused major damage to the pickup.
The driver was extricated from the pickup by Klamath County Fire District #1 firefighters and transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center where he died about two hours after the crash. He was using safety restraints.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Fire District #1 and ODOT.
Sergeant Trippett is the lead investigator.