Tuesday, September 2, 2008
WILLAMINA -- A Grand Ronde man died Sunday, Aug. 31, after losing control of his car and crashing about 1.5 miles east of Willamina, Oregon State Police said.
Alan J. Butler, 48, was traveling eastbound in a 1989 Toyota Tercel on Highway 18 at approximately 10:20 a.m. when he drifted onto the right shoulder near milepost 4, Lt. Gregg Hastings said.
Butler overcorrected and lost control as the vehicle continued across the highway and back to the eastbound shoulder into a ditch, Hastings said.
The car flipped several times before coming to rest on its wheels off the highway.
Butler was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol and speed are being investigated as contributing factors to the accident, Hastings said.
OSP reported nine people died this past Labor Day weekend in traffic accidents across Oregon.
An average of seven traffic-related deaths have happened in the state annually during those periods since 1970, OSP said.
Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 in 2007, six people died in six separate fatal traffic crashes.