State Police: One dead in crash near Reedsport

REEDSPORT, Ore. -- State police say one person died in a single vehicle crash Monday afternoon South of Reedsport.

At about 1:15 p.m., a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Bruce Norman Ashton, 68, of Lakeside, was traveling on Highway 101 near milepost 220 between Kendall Estates Lane and Wildwood Road, when troopers say the vehicle left the highway.

When it went off the road it crashed into several trees.

Ashton was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

They say Ashton was wearing safety restraints and the behicle's airbags deployed.

Speed is believed to be a contributing factor state police said.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT.