Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation into a single vehicle fatal traffic crash found Monday morning over 400 feet down a steep rocky hillside off Highway 216 west of Grass Valley. Oregon State Police identified the driver Sunday as Andrew Middleton, 53, of Grass Valley.
Early Monday morning, a citizen notified Sherman County Sheriff’s Office of a vehicle spotted down a hillside along Highway 216 near milepost 10. After police and fire personnel arrived on scene they confirmed there was a single fatality.
Preliminary investigation indicates at an unknown time on Sunday or early Monday morning, a 1972 Ford pickup driven by the victim was eastbound on Highway 216 when it failed to negotiate a curve, traveled onto the gravel shoulder and crashed into a guardrail. The pickup continued over the guardrail and rolled several times down a steep rocky hillside before coming to rest on its wheels about 424 feet down from the highway.
Sherman County Sheriff’s Office were coordinating resources to retrieve Middleton’s body from the vehicle.