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Condon man killed in Tumalo crash into power pole

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Eyal Goldman
Condon man died Friday night when his flatbed pick crashed into power pole, overturned along Tumalo Reservoir Road
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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Emergency crews on scene of a fatal rollover crash Friday night on Tumalo Reservoir Road

Spots of black ice reported; more than 700 lose power for hours

(Update: DCSO releases details of crash)

TUMALO, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A 61-year-old Condon man was killed Friday night when his flatbed pickup truck left Tumalo Reservoir Road, struck a power pole and overturned, knocking out power to hundreds in the area.

Deschutes County sheriff's deputies responded around 7:15 p.m. to the reported crash on Tumalo Reservoir Road, west of Mock Road, Sgt. Shawn Heierman said.

A caller to 911 had been following the pickup heading west when it left the road and struck the pole, damaging it and knocking out power in the area, Heierman said.

Deputies found the gray 2003 Ford F-350 pickup of William Vincent Hill Jr. on its top, with severe body damage, the sergeant said. Hill, alone in the truck, died at the scene.

The crash caused significant damage to the Central Electric Cooperative power pole, knocking out power to 714 co-op members, and also damaged a property owner's fence, Heierman said.

While the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, Heierman said road conditions in the area were reported to be spots of black ice. He added that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash at this time.

The utility had said in a posting to its outage page that 714 members were affected. They said CEC repair crews waited for the investigation scene to be cleared to make repairs, restoring power to the area shortly after 1 a.m.

"Linemen are reporting the roads are very slick due to our current weather conditions," the cooperative said, with a rain-snow mix late in the day and temperatures dropping to near freezing.

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  1. Cant believe that anyone writing this report would care at all about the damaged fence of the power pole. This man lost his life and little stuff like damage shouldnt even be added. The power got knocked out in fatal wreck. Who cares about the fence.

    1. You’re confusing this story with an obituary. That would be were the focus is on the person. A news story such as this reports on the incident – which appropriately includes details on the causes and effects.

  2. I totally agree with bendbornraised1993 I thought the same thing when I read this . It came across that losing power and damaging a fence and power pole. was more important than someone losing their life. Having said that my prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Hill.

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