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Disasters & Accidents

Hit And Run Victim Is Terwilliger Fire Suppression Personnel

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Tiffany Eckert
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Monday night, a member of Terwilliger Fire suppression personnel was the victim of a hit and run.

Oregon state police troopers responded to a report that a vehicle struck a pedestrian on Highway 126, near the entrance of the base camp for the Terwilliger Fire.  

Preliminary investigation reveals a vehicle, described by witnesses as a silver or gray Chevy Astro van, was travelling Westbound and struck a man, identified as 71 year old John Houdeshell of Yreka, CA.

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Credit Willamette Wildfires
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The Terwilliger Fire camp is located at Tokatee Golf Course off Highway 126. The victim of a hit and run is fire suppression personnel. Fire spokesman confirm John Houdeshell drove a water tender.

The victim was air-lifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend in Springfield where he remains in the intensive care unit. The suspect vehicle fled the scene and remains unidentified.

Police request anyone with any information to contact the Oregon State Police Command Center at 503-375-3555 or *OSP from your mobile phone and reference case # sp 18-331738

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