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Published on February 27, 2015 10:42AM

Bend resident Sid Spurgeon apparently was reaching for his lunch when his pickup truck ran off Highway 19 into the John Day River about 3 p.m. Feb. 24, leaving him stranded in mid-stream. Grant County Undersheriff Todd McKinley said Spurgeon was in the water for 15-20 minutes before he “self-rescued,” making it to the bank and the highway. A local resident picked him up and called 911. McKinley said Spurgeon, chilled and banged up by the truck’s airbags, was taken to Blue Mountain Hospital for observation. The pickup, a 2012 GMC, was totaled.

Contributed photo/Grant County Sheriff’s Office

Bend resident Sid Spurgeon apparently was reaching for his lunch when his pickup truck ran off Highway 19 into the John Day River about 3 p.m. Feb. 24, leaving him stranded in mid-stream. Grant County Undersheriff Todd McKinley said Spurgeon was in the water for 15-20 minutes before he “self-rescued,” making it to the bank and the highway. A local resident picked him up and called 911. McKinley said Spurgeon, chilled and banged up by the truck’s airbags, was taken to Blue Mountain Hospital for observation. The pickup, a 2012 GMC, was totaled.




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