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Accident occurred on Northwest Elm Lane; victim was thrown from vehicle and died at scene.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A Subaru station wagon ended up in a field following a single-vehicle crash on Aug. 7, which fatally injured a Madras man. In the photo, Air Life is about to land.
A 26-year-old Madras man, Jose Torres Ramos, died Aug. 7, in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Northwest Elm Lane.

Emergency personnel, including the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire Department and Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, were dispatched to the report of a motor-vehicle crash, located about 5 miles north of Madras, at 3:05 p.m.

"The fire department was first on scene, locating the crash site approximately one-half mile west of Highway 26," reported Sheriff Jim Adkins. "Several deputies, the ambulance crew and fire department provided care to the driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle."

Deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, assisted by an Oregon State Police trooper, investigated the crash, which found that Torres Ramos was

driving a 2001 Subaru wagon eastbound on Elm Lane at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted onto the right shoulder of Elm Lane and it appears the driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to veer to the left, exiting the north side of Elm Lane, rolling numerous times into an alfalfa field.

Adkins said that speed was a factor in the crash. The driver was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle and thrown about 50 feet further into the field from the vehicle.

Emergency personnel located the driver and provided emergency care at the scene. An Air Life helicopter was launched, but the driver succumbed to his injuries before he could be transported.


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