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News Release
Fatal Crash - HWY 26 - Crook County - 06/19/24

Crook County, Ore. 17 June 24- On Monday, June 17, 2024, at 5:51 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 26, near milepost 26, in Crook County.

The preliminary investigation indicated a westbound Toyota Tundra, operated by Clifford Dean Shields (54) of Prineville, for unknown reasons, drifted across the eastbound lane, left the roadway, and struck a rock and tree. The vehicle began to roll and came to rest on the passenger side on the east side of the highway. Motorists in the area stopped, extricated the operator, and performed CPR. 

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

The highway was impacted for approximately 3 hours during the on-scene investigation. A medical event is considered the possible cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.

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