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Curious Woman Discovers Crashed Truck With Injured Driver

It happened on Territorial Highway south of Crow, Oregon.

Crash scene near Crow, Oregon 5-26-08
Photo of crash scene: Oregon State Police

(CROW, Ore.) - A Eugene-area man was cited by Oregon State Police following a Sunday afternoon single vehicle serious injury crash about 3 miles south of Crow.

Police say a curious woman stopped and found the pickup concealed in brush off Territorial Road. She stopped after seeing tire marks leading off the highway. Police believe that alcohol was a factor.

According to OSP Trooper Andy Youngblood, Sunday around 5:45 PM, police and medical personnel were dispatched to a reported single vehicle crash on Territorial Road near Doane Road south of Crow.

"The report came in after a woman driving through the area spotted tire tracks leading off the road and into the brush. The woman stopped to take a closer look in the bushes, saw part of a vehicle and then spotted the driver hanging upside down secured by safety restraints."

Youngblood says the preliminary investigation indicates that that around 5:30 PM, a 1994 Dodge pickup driven by 60-year old Kenneth James Lee of Eugene, was northbound on Territorial Highway near milepost 27 when it drove onto the shoulder, overcorrected and traveled across the highway where it crashed onto its top in heavy brush.

Mr. Lee reportedly was driving after visiting an area winery.

Youngblood says local emergency personnel treated LEE at the scene before he was taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital with serious injuries. kenneth Lee was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, and Fail to Drive Within a Traffic Lane.

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