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News Release
Fatal Crash - Hwy 101 - Curry County - 03/01/24

Curry County, Ore. 29 Feb. 24- On Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 8:37 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy-101, near milepost 347, in Curry County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Toyota Corolla, operated by Nathan Garcia (43) of Brookings, was northbound when it reportedly hydroplaned into the southbound travel lane. The Toyota spun into the path of a southbound Dodge Ram 2500, operated by Mark Nichols (78) of Port Orford, causing a side impact. 

The operator of the Toyota (Garcia) was declared deceased at the scene.

The operator of the Dodge (Nichols) was transported with reportedly minor injuries.

The highway was impacted for approximately 2.5 hours during the on-scene investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Department, Brookings Fire and Rescue, Cape Ferrello Fire, and ODOT. 

 

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