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Crash on Highway 140 kills one, injures four

A Klamath Falls man died Monday night in a crash on Highway 140 that injured four other people who were stopped alongside the road at the site of a previous accident.

Robert Jamison, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene after his car, traveling west, slid off the highway in icy conditions and slammed into another vehicle.

Prior to the fatal crash, Lake Creek Rural Fire Department had been called to another accident at the same site. That incident was reported at 7:51 p.m. near Milepost 32, less than a half mile from the Klamath County line. Lake Creek Rural Fire Department Chief Dennis Keife said the original call was for a pickup truck that skidded off the highway because of ice on the road.

Several motorists had pulled over to help the occupants of the pickup, a 2006 Ford, before fire crews arrived, Keife said.

The pickup's driver, 31-year-old Kevin Cain and his wife, 40-year-old Melissa Vincent, were not injured in the original accident, according to a news release from Oregon State Police.

A 2006 Chrysler van driven by Klamath Falls resident Dexter Williams, 59, and his wife, Catherine Williams, 66, had pulled over to help. Shady Cove resident Michael Tuttle, a 41-year-old off-duty EMT, had also stopped to assist.

The Klamath Falls couple had put Vincent, who is pregnant, in their van. Everyone else was still outside when a 1998 Saturn driven by Jamison skidded off the road and struck the van. The collision sent the van skidding, and the Saturn hit several people still outside.

Jamison was pronounced dead at the scene, Keife said.

Catherine Williams was transported by air ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. The extent of her injuries is not known, but OSP said they were not life-threatening.

Dexter Williams and Tuttle were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where they remained Tuesday in fair condition, according to hospital officials.

Vincent was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center as a precaution with a minor injury.

Responders closed one lane of the highway for almost four hours. Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming said the highway was back open by 12:16 a.m. Tuesday.

Mercy Flights, Oregon State Police and Rocky Point Fire & EMS from Klamath County also responded to the crash.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.