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Correction: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 95 north of Oregon/Nevada Border in Malheur County

CORRECTION: FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 95 NORTH OF OREGON/NEVADA BORDER IN MALHEUR COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 22nd, 2014 2:16 PM
Correction: This occurred north of the Oregon / Nevada border. Victim's name will be released later this afternoon.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday night's fatal traffic crash involving a passenger car and commercial truck along Highway 95 about seventeen miles north of the Oregon/Nevada border in southern Malheur County. The crash occurred during heavy rain and high water, resulting in the death of a California man. The victim's name will be released later to allow family added time for next of kin notifications.

On July 21, 2014 at approximately 9:55 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was contacted by Ontario 9-1-1 regarding a reported head-on traffic crash on Highway 95 near milepost 104. Emergency responders from Nevada responded and arrived on scene first. Due to the extensive distance to the scene, OSP arrived about two hours after the report was received.

A deputy from Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff's Office arrived on scene first and encountered a scene of high water that was described as approximately 3 - 4 feet deep covering the highway. One of the involved vehicles, a 1999 Acura four-door with California license plates, had significant damage and was unoccupied. The deputy waded into the water and found a deceased adult male who was determined to be the registered owner of the car. The truck driver was not injured.

Preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 9:48 p.m., the Acura driven by a 57-year old Elk Grove, California man, was traveling southbound on Highway 95 as a 2011 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by TIMOTHY DALE LONGHOFER, age 55, from Wilder, Idaho, was traveling northbound. In the darkness, both vehicles traveled into a dip on the highway where heavy rains caused high water to cover the roadway. As the Acura went into the high water, it tossed up a wall of water into the air and traveled into the northbound side of the highway where it collided head-on into the commercial truck.

OSP investigators believe the Acura's driver was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the car.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff's Office, McDermitt, Nevada EMS, and ODOT. Elk Grove, California Police Department assisted with next of kin notification.

The highway was closed for over 8 hours before one lane was open.

No photographs available for release at this time.

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FINAL Bridge Lift I-5 MP308.18-308.32 (Oregon Washington Border)

_OPEN: SB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder NB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder 07/22/14 1341

Bridge Lift I-5 MP308.18-308.32 (Oregon Washington Border)

CLOSED : SB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder NB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder 07/22/14 1331

Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 95 north of Oregon/California Border in Malheur County

FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH - HIGHWAY 95 NORTH OF OREGON/CALIFORNIA BORDER IN MALHEUR COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 22nd, 2014 12:55 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday night's fatal traffic crash involving a passenger car and commercial truck along Highway 95 about seventeen miles north of the Oregon/California border in southern Malheur County. The crash occurred during heavy rain and high water, resulting in the death of a California man. The victim's name will be released later to allow family added time for next of kin notifications.

On July 21, 2014 at approximately 9:55 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was contacted by Ontario 9-1-1 regarding a reported head-on traffic crash on Highway 95 near milepost 104. Emergency responders from Nevada responded and arrived on scene first. Due to the extensive distance to the scene, OSP arrived about two hours after the report was received.

A deputy from Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff's Office arrived on scene first and encountered a scene of high water that was described as approximately 3 - 4 feet deep covering the highway. One of the involved vehicles, a 1999 Acura four-door with California license plates, had significant damage and was unoccupied. The deputy waded into the water and found a deceased adult male who was determined to be the registered owner of the car. The truck driver was not injured.

Preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 9:48 p.m., the Acura driven by a 57-year old Elk Grove, California man, was traveling southbound on Highway 95 as a 2011 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by TIMOTHY DALE LONGHOFER, age 55, from Wilder, Idaho, was traveling northbound. In the darkness, both vehicles traveled into a dip on the highway where heavy rains caused high water to cover the roadway. As the Acura went into the high water, it tossed up a wall of water into the air and traveled into the northbound side of the highway where it collided head-on into the commercial truck.

OSP investigators believe the Acura's driver was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the car.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff's Office, McDermitt, Nevada EMS, and ODOT. Elk Grove Police Department assisted with next of kin notification.

The highway was closed for over 8 hours before one lane was open.

No photographs available for release at this time.

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OSP Arrests Cave Junction Man After Attempt to Elude on ATV

OSP ARRESTS CAVE JUNCTION MAN AFTER ATTEMPT TO ELUDE ON ATV


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: July 22nd, 2014 11:59 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 23-year old Cave Junction man Monday evening after the man attempted to elude OSP on a four-wheeler all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

According to Sergeant Brandon Boice, on July 21, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., OSP personnel in marked and unmarked vehicles were in the Cave Junction area when they saw a man operating a green 2004 Artic Cat ATV on Highway 199, popping wheelies and driving in a reckless manner. They tried to stop the ATV but the operator failed to yield and fled at a high rate of speed southbound from Cave Junction, eventually driving onto Blas Cerdena Drive where the ATV operator encountered a dead end. The operator tried fleeing off the road but his path was stopped by fencing and OSP blocked the ATV from fleeing further.

At approximately 6:03 p.m., OSP took the operator, MICHAEL ALAN MURPHY, age 23, into custody without further incident. MURPHY was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. He was also cited for several traffic violations.

Photographs
ATV photo - Oregon State Police
Murphy photo - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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FINAL Crash OR-213 MP3.45 (Intersection with Columbia River Highway I-84)

_OPEN:NB:Right Lane, Median, Shoulder CLOSED :NB: Left Lane 2VEH 07/22/14 1048

FINAL Bridge Lift I-5 MP308.18-308.32 (Interstate Bridge)

_OPEN:NB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder 07/22/14 1047

Bridge Lift I-5 MP308.18-308.32 (INTERSTATE BRIDGE)

CLOSED :NB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder 07/22/14 1032 NB ONLY FOR MAINTENANCE

_LOCATION UPDT - Crash OR-213 MP3.45 (YAMHILL TO MORRISON)

07/22/14 0935

Crash OR-213 MP3.45 (Intersection with Columbia River Highway I-84)

CLOSED :NB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder 1VEH 07/22/14 0934

FINAL Crash I-5 MP305.44 (LOMBARD)

_OPEN: SB:All Lanes 07/22/14 0815

FINAL Crash I-84 MP13.03 (181st Ave)

_OPEN:WB:All Lanes, Median 07/22/14 0808

FINAL Disabled Vehicle - Hazard I-84 MP47 (2 miles East of Cascade Locks)

_OPEN:WB:All Lanes 07/22/14 0753

UPDT - Crash I-5 MP305.44 (LOMBARD)

_OPEN: SB:Middle Lane CLOSED : SB: Left Lane 07/22/14 0749

UPDT - Crash I-84 MP13.03 (181st Ave)

CLOSED :WB: Left Lane, Median 4VEH 07/22/14 0717 SAME CRASH AS EARLIER, TOW NOW ON SCENE TAKING LEFT LANE.

_Disabled Vehicle - Hazard I-84 MP47 (2 miles East of Cascade Locks)

CLOSED :WB:Right Lane 1VEH 07/22/14 0706

FINAL Crash I-84 MP13.03 (181st Ave)

_OPEN:WB:All Lanes CLOSED :WB:Median 07/22/14 0637

Crash I-84 MP13.03 (181st Ave)

CLOSED :WB: Left Lane, Middle Lane 5VEH 07/22/14 0626

Crash I-5 MP305.44 (LOMBARD)

CLOSED : SB: Left Lane, Middle Lane 3VEH 07/22/14 0616

Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police: Hwy 95 north of OR/NV border near MP 104 is open to one lane after last night's fatal crash. Info to be released later today. UPDATE

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