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Coos Bay woman dies after crashing on Hwy 38 in Douglas County; missing dog loose in area

A crash on Hwy 38 in Douglas County took the life of a Coos bay woman, Aug. 14, 2018. (Oregon State Police photo)

SCOTTSBURG, Ore. -- A Coos Bay woman lost her life Tuesday in a crash on a Douglas County highway, Oregon State Police report.

Around 3:30 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a reported serious injury crash at Hwy 38 milepost 19.

Police say a '96 Ford Explorer driven by Sharon McCloskey, 63, of Coos Bay, was westbound on Hwy 38 when it swerved onto the westbound shoulder for an unknown reason.

She lost control as the vehicle traveled through a ditch and back up onto the roadway, rolling over multiple times and coming to rest on all four tires in the center of the west bound lane.

Witnesses and first responders attempted life-saving measures but McCloskey died of injuries sustained in the crash prior to Life Flight arrival, OSP said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Two dogs were located at the scene with minor injuries and they were returned to family. A third dog, a tan chihuahua named Ladybug, is unaccounted for and most likely loose in the area.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Lower Umpqua Ambulance, ODOT, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Scottsburg Rural Fire Department and Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains.

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