Man dies in Hwy 82 crash in Union Co.; equipment failure suspect - KPTV - FOX 12

Man dies in Hwy 82 crash in Union Co.; equipment failure suspected

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UNION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A 70-year-old man died after crashing down an embankment off Highway 82 in Union County.

Emergency crews responded to the highway near Milepost 31 at 3:06 p.m. Monday.

Investigators said Gary Leonard Alford of Joseph was driving his older Dodge farm truck east down Minam Grade when he failed to negotiate a curve.

The truck left the roadway and went down an embankment. Alford was thrown from the truck.

A medical helicopter was called out, but Alford was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witness statements and some scene evidence suggest that an equipment failure may have been a contributing factor in the crash, according to police.

No other details were immediately released about the investigation.

The highway was closed in the area for two hours after the crash.

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