Portland man killed in crash east of Sheridan on Highway 18
Power pole comes down
Mar 9, 2014
UPDATE / 7 a.m., Monday:
The victims in Sunday afternoon's single vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash about three miles east of Sheridan on Highway 18 near Caleb Payne Road have been identified by the Oregon State Police.
Richard Sullivan, 92, of Portland, was pronounced dead at the scene. Cathie Sullivan, 67, of Portland, was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries.
She was driving a 2013 Audi sedan. He was a passenger in the car.
The OSP McMinnville office is investigating the crash. Speed is not believed to be a contributing factor.
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SHERIDAN — The Oregon State Police investigated a single vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash Sunday afternoon about three miles east of Sheridan on Highway 18 near Caleb Payne Road.
An unidentified adult male was killed. An unidentified adult female was injured.
The crash was reported about 1:45. The highway was blocked and an eastbound and westbound detour was set up using Christensen Road.
Trooper Nick Cederberg gave this account:
A passenger car driven by the adult female was eastbound on the highway. As the driver was negotiating through a left-hand cuurve, the car traveled off the right shoulder and went airborne. The car struck a power pole, came to rest off the highway, trapping the driver and her passenger.
The adult male passenger was pronounced dead at the sceene. The female driver was extricated by Sheridan Fire District personnel and transported by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanual Hospital in Portland with serious injuries.
A Portland General Electric crew responded to repair the pole.
Six pieces of equipment and 14 personnel from the Sheridan Fire District were on scene, in addition to one piece of equipment from the McMinnville Fire Department, according to Sheridan Fire District spokesperson Wesley Rolfson.
He said there was a potential risk of electrocution to occupants of the car and rescue personnel until downed power lines that had come down on the car were declared dead.
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