A rollover accident has claimed the life of one man and critically injured another.
Oregon State Police are investigating a single-vehicle fatal traffic crash discovered early today by a passing motorist along Highway 11, about five miles north of Pendleton, officials said this afternoon.
An OSP press release said that at just before 6 a.m., a passing driver spotted a crashed vehicle about 200 feet off the road, stopped and also discovered two bodies in the ditch along side the highway.
Emergency responders arrived to find a deceased 25 year-old man and a critically injured 22 year-old man, who was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton, then life-flighted to Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland.
Preliminary investigation indicates that at some time during the night, the 1994 Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle was southbound at a high rate of speed on a straight stretch of the highway when it traveled across the northbound lane and left the road, rolling multiple times before coming to rest on its left side.
Neither man was using safety restraints and both were ejected from the vehicle, police said.
Officials have not yet determined which occupant was driving at the time of the crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.
The names of the men are not being released at this time.