A 66-year-old Creswell man died Wednesday when his truck went off the Coos River Highway and into the Coos River.
Late Wednesday morning, around 10:25 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a report of a truck that had veered off of the roadway on state Highway 241 and into the Coos River.
OSP investigation confirms that the vehicle was headed east on Highway 241 near milepost 11 when it went off road.
It’s not known why the vehicle swerved off the road, but in doing so it went down an embankment and plunged into 8 feet of water.
Witnesses who observed the crash attempted to rescue the vehicle’s passenger but were unsuccessful.
The Coos Bay Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife boat and the South Western Oregon Regional Airport Fire Department Dive Rescue Team were called in to rescue the individual trapped in the car.
The Oregon State Police identified Kenneth Glen Nailon as the crash victim. OSP said Nailon was deceased inside the vehicle when the team made it into the cab of the pickup.
Cause of death is being investigated by the Coos County Medical Examiner. Police aren’t yet sure if the crash was caused by any sort of medical issue that the driver may have had. However, witness investigations suggest that the crash was not related to high speed.
Lt. Jeff Lewis with Oregon State Police said it appears the vehicle just drifted off the road and down the bank.