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Shady Cove man dies in crash

Police have named the sole victim in a fatal crash near Shady Cove early this morning as 73-year-old Larry Ralph Lacy of Shady Cove.

At about 6 a.m., Lacy was traveling westbound on Highway 62 in his 1995 Toyota T100 pickup when it veered off the road and struck a tree near milepost 15, according to a release from Oregon State Police. He was traveling from Shady Cove to Eagle Point when the crash occurred. He died at the scene.

Police are not yet sure why Lacy's truck left the roadway, but believe a medical condition may have been a factor, according to the release. Prior to the crash, a witness phoned in a complaint involving the red truck, saying it was driving erratically, unable to stay within its lane and nearly collided with a school bus.

Investigation of the crash reduced a section of the highway to a single lane for about an hour.

Larry Ralph Lacy, 73, of Shady Cove, died in a crash Wednesday on Highway 62 west of Shady Cove. Oregon State Police photo