Vehicle crashes down 100-ft. embankment, killing passenger

O’BRIEN, Ore. – Update 8/14/19 10:30 am: The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against the driver involved in a deadly crash.

49-year-old Craig Clow is facing charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, assault and manslaughter. The sheriff’s office says Clow was behind the wheel of a car that went over an embankment on Lone Mountain Road. 51-year-old Robert Taylor was killed in the crash.

Craig Clow

Clow is at the Josephine County Jail on $500,000 bail.

First responders rappelled about 100 feet to save a passenger in a fatal vehicle accident. The crash happened Tuesday, shortly after noon. Illinois Valley Fire District says for unknown reasons a two door sedan went over an embankment on Lone Mountain Road.

The male driver was able to get out, but two other people were still inside. Firefighters rappelled down the embankment to help the woman get out and back up to the roadway, but say a male passenger’s injuries were fatal.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The road reopened by the evening.

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