A single vehicle accident on highway 140 at Lick Creek injured an elderly man on February 27. At about 3:00 o’clock the call went out alerting the Lake Creek Rural Fire Department volunteers that an accident had occurred on the Lake Creek Loop. After proceeding from the family ranch, Tom Dover, a local volunteer with the department, could find no incident upon his tour of the ‘loop’. Heading back down towards Eagle Point, Tom was surprised to come upon the scene of the accident, not at the loop, but at Lick Creek, about a quarter mile down the road from where he started.
The driver apparently “lost consciousness” and left the road without any attempt to stop. There were no skid marks at the scene. There was a similar accident at the same place in recent years. That previous incident involved a van operated by a volunteer transporting military veterans. The driver of that vehicle was conscious at the scene, and mobile, but later passed away from injuries suffered in the accident.
The gentleman in this accident was able to exit from his pickup with assistance from paramedics and volunteer firemen, and was transported from the scene by ambulance.
There was an oil slick coming from the vehicle. The Lake Creek fire department crew deployed an oil absorption boom under the bridge to capture all the oil possible.