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Death on 62

A local man died after being struck by a semitrailer in a crosswalk Monday afternoon at Leigh Way and Highway 62 in White City.

The victim was identified Monday night as Keith Johnson, 55, of White City. Johnson was walking north on Highway 62, crossing Leigh Way toward the Peddler restaurant. Leigh Way turns into state Highway 140 on the east side of Highway 62.

The truck, with a trailer marked Peninsula Truck Lines, was heading east on Leigh, turning south onto Highway 62 when the accident occurred. OSP identified the driver as Cameron Linde, 37, of Grants Pass.

Martz said investigators haven't determined whether the truck had the right-of-way, or the pedestrian. The intersection is controlled with electronic signal lights.

The first call for the accident came in at 1:16 p.m., Martz said.

The OSP took accounts from three eyewitnesses, he said.

Traffic heading south on Highway 62 was closed to one lane as the OSP preserved the accident scene for investigators. Traffic on Leigh Way also was down to just one lane heading east.

Phoenix Pinson, a 51-year-old Roseburg woman, said she saw a man standing at the intersection as she was heading into the nearby Big R store to buy some boots.

About 10 minutes later, she saw a man lying on the roadway that she thinks was the same man.

"That's crazy," she said. "I just saw him standing on the corner."

She said she didn't notice anything unusual about the man, other than making a mental note that he was standing on the corner.

Many onlookers said the intersection is a dangerous one for pedestrians. A constant stream of semitrailers traveled on Leigh Way heading to Highway 62 as the accident scene was cleared. Leigh Way is part of a series of roads in the White City-Central Point area that connects Highway 140 to Interstate 5.

Dave Egbert, a 62-year-old White City resident, said the traffic signals on Leigh don't have arrows controlling whether traffic can turn right or left onto Highway 62.

"They need to come up with a better signal at this light," he said.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476, or e-mail dmann@mailtribune.com.

Oregon State Police investigate an accident Monday afternoon in White City where a 55-year-old man died after being struck by a semitrailor in a crosswalk at Leigh Way and Highway 62. Bob Pennell / Mail Tribune photo - Bob Pennell