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Two die in Douglas County crash

A Sutherlin woman and a juvenile male have died after hitting a tree on Sunday evening.

Posted: Jul 13, 2020 8:04 AM
Updated: Jul 13, 2020 6:32 PM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- A Sutherlin woman and a juvenile male died when the pickup truck they were in hit a tree Sunday night.

Oregon State Police say they responded to a single vehicle crash Sunday at about 8:40 p.m. on I-5 near milepost 144.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Dodge pickup truck driven by Ruth Youngblood, 71, of Sutherlin, was southbound on I-5 when for unknown reasons the truck she was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. 

Youngblood was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A male juvenile passenger also died at the scene.

A second male juvenile passenger was flown by air ambulance to Springfield with serious injuries. 

Family members said on Facebook the two kids were Youngblood's great-grandsons. One of Youngblood's sisters also said in a Facebook post that the surviving boy is still fighting for his life in the hospital.

OSP was assisted by North Douglas County Fire, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.

KEZI 9 News reached out to the family for futher comment, but they did not get back to us. 

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