On Thursday, April 26, 2018 at approximately 10:32am Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on the Texas Bar Road in the Umatilla National Forest, near MP 4.
Preliminary investigation showed the 2009 Ford F150 operated by Randy JONES, age 53, of Stanfield was westbound on the Texas Bar Road when the vehicle left the roadway and traveled approximately 360-400 feet down a steep embankment before coming to rest on its top, in the North Fork John Day River. JONES received fatal injuries due to the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
JONES was properly restrained in the vehicle and was not ejected. Grant County water rescue secured the vehicle and confirmed his presence before vehicle was moved. Speed is being considered as a possible contributing factor. The deputy medical examiner on scene believed the crash occurred the morning of the 26th.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Grant Co water rescue team, John Day ambulance service and Long Creek fire. The vehicle was removed from the river and no environmental impact was noted.
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