FATAL CRASH NEAR MAPLETON, OREGON ON HIGHWAY 126W

LANE COUNTY, OR - The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at about 3:55 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 126W near Mapleton. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram pickup, operated by Roger Montgomery, age 63, from Veneta, was westbound on Highway 126W making a left turn into the gas station in Mapleton. A Ford Focus, operated by Timothy Cooper, age 24, from Tidewater, was also westbound and rear-ended the Dodge Ram pickup. 

Cooper was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and died on Saturday, July 30, 2022, from his injuries.  Two additional occupants in the Ford Focus suffered minor injuries. 

Montgomery was treated and released for minor injuries at the scene. 

Highway 126W was reduced to a single lane for about six hours. 

OSP was assisted by Western Lane Ambulance, Siuslaw Valley Fire Department and ODOT. 

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