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A freak accident crushes an Oregon State Police Trooper. Friday evening, just after six p.m. on Highway 20 west near Sisters, OSP Trooper Colin Tracy, 30, did what he's done hundreds of times, he stopped to help a driver change a flat tire. OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings tells us what happened next: "The van was already jacked up. The van was resting on the soft shoulder and they weren't able to get the spare tire down; so he slid underneath to try to see if he could get it loose so they could remove it. The vehicle slipped off the jack and then the back part came down on his upper body that was underneath the van. He was trapped underneath that van. Approximately there were a dozen people, we've heard, that may have stopped to help." Hastings said the bystanders were able to get the van back up on the jack and remove Tracy from under the van before medical aid arrived. He was taken to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries. Hastings says he will be released today; but will be off duty until his medical condition improves.  Hastings says they were not able to speak with all those people who stopped by to help and would like to do so. If you are one of them, contact OSP.


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