Terwilliger Fire firefighter struck by van in hit and run

The man is in the hospital in critical condition.

Posted: Sep 4, 2018 7:17 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2018 11:41 PM

RAINBOW, Ore. -- A firefighter battling the Terwilliger Fire is in intensive care after being hit by a vehicle, and police are searching for the driver.

Oregon State Police said they responded to a report of a hit and run collision on Highway 126 near milepost 47.5 by the Tokatee Golf Course Monday night.

Police said John S. Houdeshell, 71, of Yreka, Calif., was crossing the highway when he was struck by 2004 - 2010 Toyota Sienna minivan. Light colored, with either a CE or LE trim package

Officers say Houdeshell sustained critical injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend in Springfield.

Fire officials said he was a water tender driver who was off duty at the time.

Police said the vehicle was a silver or metallic gray Chevy Astro Van or similar looking vehicle.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Oregon State Police.

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