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November 22, 2017
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Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash (Photo)

Update 10/20/17: The driver was identified as James Leo Chaplin, 73, of Sams Valley. Chaplin was apparently not wearing a seat belt; he was ejected. The cab over tractor trailer sustained heavy damage when it rolled over. There was no sign of alcohol or drug use.

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On October 19, 2017, at 8:28 hours, dispatch received a 911 report of a rollover vehicle crash in the 7500-block of Ramsey Road, Gold Hill. Deputies determined the vehicle, a boom truck belonging to J.I.M. and Associates, Inc., first left the roadway on the passenger side, then crossed the roadway and rolled completely, landing on its tires. The driver, the only occupant, was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team responded to investigate the crash. An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office also responded to the scene. More information will be released pending family notifications and further investigation.

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