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Water Truck Driver Dies In Crash At SW Oregon Fire

AP | Aug. 6, 2013 2:41 p.m.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A water truck driver working on one of five major forest fires in southwestern Oregon has died in a crash.

Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson says the 19-year-old man was returning Tuesday morning after spending all night at the Big Windy complex of fires.

Gilbertson says the man was on his way to hand off the keys to a replacement driver.

He was the second crew member killed this wildfire season in Oregon, and the 29th nationally.

On Aug. 1, 58-year-old John Hammack was killed in Central Oregon when the tree he was cutting fell on him.

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