Third person may have been driving during Central Oregon crash

In one of three fatal crashes in Oregon over the Labor Day weekend, a Gresham man is dead and another injured following a crash in Central Oregon.

Passenger Robert Edward Sanchez Busch, 22, died at the scene four miles south of Silver Lake on Highway 31, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

The crash happened at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, when a 1997 Ford F150 pickup traveling northbound on Highway 31 near milepost 51 went off the road, into a ditch and rolled onto its top coming to rest partly on the highway.

A second male occupant, Sean Taylor Berglund, 22, of Gresham was transported via ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with non-life threatening injuries.

Oregon State Police troopers are still investigating unconfirmed information that a third person may have been driving.

Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor in this crash.

Any witnesses to the crash or who may have arrived on scene before emergency responders are asked to contact Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 1-800-452-7888. Senior Trooper Nick Hagedorn is the lead investigator.

Two other crashes in Oregon also resulted in motorist deaths.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, a 74-year-old man died after he was ejected from the car he was a passenger in along Interstate 5 near West Linn.

Two others were seriously injured and a blown tire may have caused the crash.

On Monday, Sept. 3, an 81-year-old woman died when the car she was a passenger in collided with flatbed trailers along Highway 82 near Wallowa in Eastern Oregon.

Another person was seriously injured and state police are still investigating the cause.

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