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Non-Injury Motor Vehicle Crash
Location: Highway 126 Near Milepost 100 (Dry Canyon)
By: Sgt. Kevin Dizney
Driver 1: Betts II, James W
46 years of age
Vehicle: Dodge Ram Pickup
On Thursday, 041615, at approximately 1535 hours, deputies of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a rollover crash on Highway 126 near milepost 100. While en route, deputies were advised the driver was able to remove himself from the vehicle and sustained only minor injury. No other vehicles were involved.
An investigation determined that the driver, James Betts, was traveling westbound at this location. At the bottom of Dry Canyon, the driver failed to negotiate a left hand curve in the roadway. The vehicle impacted into the end of a guard rail on the north side of the roadway, causing the vehicle to flip end for end and come to rest on its top partially down an embankment. This caused severe damage to approximately 30-40 feet of guardrail.
Alcohol, drugs, and speed do not appear to be factors in this crash. It is believed the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The driver works for a company in Salem and drove to the Central Oregon area on a job and was en route back to Salem at the time of the crash.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by ODOT and OSP. This crash did not block any portion of the highway.