Patrick Culbertson Killed, Cedric Lossing, Cathy Fore Injured in Truck Accident in Douglas County, OR
Douglas County, OR -- July 5, 2022, Patrick Culbertson was killed and Cedric Lossing and Cathy Fore were hurt after a multi-vehicle accident.
Reports from Oregon State Police reported that the crash happened along Highway 38 near mile marker 25 at around 12:30 p.m.
It appears that 24-year-old Cedric Lossing was in a Toyota Corolla traveling eastbound while overtaking a motor home. Somehow, the Toyota crashed with an oncoming Jeep Cherokee. After a dump truck behind the Jeep swerved and crashed with an oncoming Ford F-150. The pickup then collided with another dump truck.
A passenger in the Jeep, identified as Patrick Culbertson, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Lossing and the Jeep driver, identified as Cathy Fore, were taken to Eugene hospitals. Reports identified others in the crash as Timothy Prulheire and Joan Prulhiere. They were said to have minor injuries.
No further information about the crash is available at this time.
Commentary on Patrick Culbertson, Cedric Lossing, Cathy Fore Truck Accident in Douglas County
Some folks may take all of this as rather straight forward, considering the chain events seems pretty clear. But it's important to keep in mind that reports like this are rarely an official, well-founded account of what happened.
More often than not, they're a local reporter's interpretation of statements from the police based on an initial, likely shallow crash investigation. The officer relaying the information likely wasn't even the one doing the investigations. This is how important details slip through the cracks, and that's why it's usually best to ensure there are thorough independent investigations into deadly wrecks like this.
A fatal crash is challenging enough. One involving multiple vehicles--at least two of which were commercial trucks--warrants every possible step to ensure the victims and families involved know they're getting the full story. Doing so often requires independent accident reconstructionists, and it remains to be seen if those steps have been taken here.