OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- Two men and two women died when their small SUV went off the road, rolled and went airborne near Oakridge Monday morning.
State police have not yet released the names of those killed pending notification of next of kin.
A truck driver spotted the vehicle down an embankment off the north side of Highway 58 east of Oakridge around 6 a.m. Oakridge Fire and Police officials arrived on scene and confirmed there were three people dead. After Oregon State Police troopers arrived, a closer examination inside the vehicle confirmed there was a fourth victim.
State police believe the SUV was eastbound on a straight stretch of the highway near milepost 41 when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle traveled across the westbound lane and off the north side of the highway where it became airborne as it rolled. The top of the vehicle crashed into a large cedar tree, crushing the passenger compartment.
There were some icy spots in the area but it was not known if those conditions played a factor in this crash.
Traffic was restricted through the area.
This story will be updated as new information becomes available.