Century Link provided this photo from an accident overnight near Butte Falls. A man was killed in the wreck.

Police identify man killed in Butte Falls-area wreck

Updated, 11:18 a.m. Police have identified a man killed in an accident near Butte Falls early this morning.

James Willard Hager, 73, Shady Cove, died when his car crossed two lanes of Highway 62 and hit a utility pole, said Andrea Carlson, a spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

The accident disrupted telephone service, including 9-1-1 service, and high-speed Internet connections in an area serving 500 to 600 customers of provider Century Link. A representative said today that equipment destroyed in the wreck would have to be rebuilt before service could be restored.

Spokesman Tony Timmons said the company could not estimate when that will happen, noting that parts will need to be brought from other locations to repair the destroyed equipment.

The area affected includes Butte Falls Highway from Highway 62 to Crowfoot Road, Highway 62 from Mountain View Drive to North Hammel Road and Highway 234 from Highway 62 to Dodge Bridge.

Carlson said the crash occurred just after 1 a.m. An investigation into the cause of the wreck is continuing, but she said ice on the road may have played a role.

Butte Falls-area residents without phone service can get law enforcement help at a command center set up this morning at Reese Creek Christian Center at 900 Butte Falls Hwy., the sheriff's office has announced.

— Staff reports

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