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Driver killed after car crashed into tree and overturned in North Umpqua River

Troopers are investigating a single-vehicle accident that killed the driver, after the car crashed into a tree and landed into the North Umpqua River.

Posted: Dec. 31, 2017 10:57 AM
Updated: Dec. 31, 2017 11:05 AM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Oregon State Police are investigating a fatal crash on Highway 38 Saturday afternoon.

Troopers said the call came in at 4:47 p.m. to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 38 near milepost 14.

Investigators said Candelario Rincon-Hamm, 18, was driving westbound in a silver Honda Civic when it left the roadway for unknown reasons.

The Civic collided into a tree, rolled multiple times down a 100-foot embankment, and overturned in the North Umpqua River.

OSP said Rincon-Hamm suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said they are looking at fatigue and weather conditions as possible contributing factors of the crash.

They are still determining if Rincon-Hamm was wearing his seatbelt.

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