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Toledo firefighters dousing the last of the vehicle fire, photos by Steve and Elizabeth Thomas, Eddyville! Click to enlarge.
An SUV headed up Nashville Road, a quarter mile north of Eddyville, caught an edge of the pavement, went through a power pole, careened down a 15-foot embankment and came to rest in a field. The driver got out just as the vehicle caught fire. The driver tried to unload the vehicle as the flames built but ran out of time as the flames grew hotter and higher. A neighbor across the street, who heard the accident and watched his lights go out, ran outside and grabbed a fire extinguisher. But it was no match for what was, by then, a blazing out of control SUV.
Toledo Fire Department crews pulled up but all that was left to do was mop up. The vehicle was totalled. Again the driver was not injured. He was given a field sobriety test and he passed it.
Power was supposed to be back on in that stretch of Nashville Road by around 10pm.
Those who drive the Nashville Road know that there is absolutely no shoulder on the road for long stretches; the side of the road is more like a straight off mini-cliff. Motorists have to drive like they are on a catwalk instead of a normal road. If you get a wheel off the pavement you’re in big trouble as this fellow found out. In addition to knocking out a power pole and losing his car, he got a ticket from an Oregon State Trooper for failure to maintain a lane of travel. A narrow lane it is, indeed.
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.
Next Regular Newport Drum Circle
TODAY: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM…
In the gazebo at Don Davis Park, foot of Olive Street, in Newport.
(Regular “summer” schedule -every first and third Tuesday, 6 to 8:00 p.m. – through September!)
Winter schedule starts next month… We return to our regular winter schedule next month, meeting monthly every second Saturday beginning on October 8, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Meeting in the afternoon assures that it will be light out, and the gazebo has proved to be warm enough, during the past two winters, even on the coldest days. Although we will only have one scheduled drum circle each month, during the winter, watch for special events and performances that you can be part of. (more…)
The U.S. Postal Service says that if the U.S. Congress doesn’t offer an infusion of money soon, the United States Post Office will cease to exist. Mail volumes continue to plummet while costs continue unabated for the self-supporting service. The story is in the New York Times. Click here.
A Siletz woman, spotted driving recklessly on Highway 101 just north of Yachats this weekend, was arrested for DUII among other charges, and not only did she go to jail, her Mercedes Benz was confiscated, lock, stock and engine block by the county. She forfeited her car.
Sheriff’s deputies got a report that a woman driving a silver Mercedes was driving recklessly just north of Yachats on 101. Although a deputy couldn’t catch up to the woman in time, 9-1-1 dispatch got a call from a resident in Seal Rock saying that a woman driving a silver Mercedes had just pulled into her driveway and that the resident had no idea who the woman was.
Within a few minutes, the deputy was parked behind the Mercedes at the home on NW Howard Drive and quickly determined that Irene Marie Somes was definitely impaired. Not only was she DUII, the deputy learned that there was a warrant for her arrest out of Polk County for failing to appear on another DUII charge.
Somes was taken to the Lincoln County Jail where she was booked for DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Providing False Information to a Police Officer, Failure to Carry a Driver’s License, Driving While Suspended, and for the Failure to Appear in Polk County. Somes’ bail was set at $100,000.
Not only was Somes taken into custody, so was her car. But there is no bail on the car because it is now the property of Lincoln County taxpayers who now own it due to her continued illegal operation of it; under the influence of intoxicants. It’s yet another car taken away by Lincoln County under its DUII Forefeiture Program.