Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Runaway trailer hits pickup, kills driver

Runaway trailer hits pickup, kills driver.(Accidents)

Byline: The Register-Guard

ROSEBURG - An off-duty Douglas County sheriff's deputy was killed Wednesday night on Highway 42 when his pickup was struck by a trailer that had come loose from the vehicle towing it.

Dallas Wesley Butler, 43, of Roseburg was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:15 p.m. crash west of Camas Valley. Butler's pickup was headed east on the highway when a loaded chip trailer towed by a westbound Freightliner truck detached and crashed into the pickup, Oregon State Police investigators said.

Butler's two sons, ages 12 and 10, were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Butler had been an employee of the sheriff's department since 1999.

The crash remains under investigation. No citations have been issued, police said.

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