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Fatal accident on Highway 6 Sunday morning

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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 8:24 am

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash into the Wilson River off Highway about six miles east of Tillamook. The crash resulted in the death of a Tillamook man and non-life thr...eatening injuries to the vehicle's driver.

According to Sergeant Greg Plummer, on July 14, 2013 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 2010 Jeep Patriot sport utility vehicle driven by JUAN GETCEMANI DE LA TORRE, age 23, from Tillamook, was westbound on Highway 6 near milepost 6 when it left the highway, struck a tree and rolled down an embankment to where it came to rest on its top submerged in Wilson River.

Two anglers heard the crash and went to help while calling 9-1-1. They saw the Jeep's tires exposed out of the water and helped while the driver got out of the vehicle.

The driver was transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Passenger ATILANO VARGAS SANCHEZ, age 43, from Tillamook, was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center where he later died as a result of the crash. The cause of death determination is pending.

Investigation shows both occupants were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed during the crash.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, and Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

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