Springfield woman dies trying to help mother-in-law after car crash

Springfield woman dies in Morrow County trying to get help for her mother-in-law after an accident. The Morrow County Sheriff's Office now has an urgent message.

Posted: Jan. 17, 2018 7:57 AM
Updated: Jan. 17, 2018 5:27 PM

MORROW COUNTY, Ore – A Springfield woman died trying to help her mother-in-law after a car crash.

Becky Sue McDuffee, 57, was driving with her 78-year-old mother-in-law near Condon in Morrow County when their car veered off the road and onto an embankment. It happened around midnight.

According to the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, McDuffee was able to get out of the car and went to look for help, leaving her mother-in-law in the car. McDuffee never returned. Temperatures were near freezing and police said McDuffee was not wearing any warm clothing.

A passerby who saw McDuffee’s car called 911 around 8:30 am on Tuesday. Arriving officers found McDuffee's mother-in-law in the car. She was taken to the hospital.

Meanwhile, police searched the area for McDuffee. They found her body around 12:38 p.m.

The sheriff’s office said you should stay with your vehicle if you are lost or have some sort of difficulty with your vehicle. They also encourage people to keep extra warm clothes in their cars and to stay on main roads while driving, if possible.

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