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Fatal Traffic Accident on Highway 42 East of Myrtle Point
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday evening’s fatal commercial vehicle traffic crash that occurred on Highway 42 east of Myrtle Point in Coos County. The crash resulted in the death of a 39-year old Myrtle Creek-area man.
According to OSP Sergeant Josh Young, on August 10, 2011 at approximately 6:27 p.m. a 2000 Freightliner truck pulling two loaded chip hauler semi-trailer driven by DAVID ALLEN HOOGERHYDE, age 39, from Myrtle Creek, was westbound on Highway 42 near milepost 23 when it failed to maintain its lane of travel while negotiating a right hand curve. The vehicle combination crossed the centerline, rolled onto its side and traveled across the highway and a portion of the exit ramp for Highway 242. The vehicles continued through a guardrail, crashing into a bridge abutment railing and over an embankment where it damaged a utility pole.
HOOGERHYDE was extricated from the truck by Myrtle Point Fire Department personnel and pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Myrtle Point Police Department, Myrtle Point Fire Department, Myrtle Point Ambulance, ODOT, Coos County Medical Examiner, Frontier Communications and Mast Brothers Towing assisted at the scene.
During the investigation and recovery of the vehicles, the highway was restricted to one lane of traffic for about five hours.
Photograph Source: Oregon State Police