Josephine County deputy injured in highway accident

A Josephine County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered minor injuries when his patrol car veered off the Redwood Highway Tuesday afternoon and hit a tree.

The deputy, whose name was not released, was turning onto a side road and may have slid on diesel fuel on the road, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson said.

The deputy was rushing to the scene of a reported overdose in the 24000 block of the highway, which is near Kerby. The call came in at 3:46 p.m.

"In those kinds of cases, the medical team does not go in until law enforcement arrives," Gilbertson said.

"The vehicle was totaled. It was one of our new ones." The deputy was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital.

Cause of the crash remains under investigation by the department. Only one person was in the patrol car.

"We believe there was some diesel on the road," Gilbertson said. "We think part of the problem was the diesel."

Other deputies were following the car that crashed. Oregon State Police assisted at the scene. Traffic was halted for about 15 minutes while a tow truck removed the patrol car.

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