74-year-old LaPine man dies after a crash on Hwy 138E

74-year-old LaPine man dies after a crash on Hwy 138E
Photo courtesy Oregon State Police

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A man is dead after a single vehicle crash on Highway 138 East.

Oregon State Police troopers were called to the scene of an accident near Susan Creek east of Glide, for a report of a vehicle that had left the roadway late Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities at the scene told KPIC News that Buddy Glen Mires, 74, of LaPine, was driving an SUV that left the road and crashed into a tree.

Mires was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Troopers say he was headed eastbound when his vehicle left the roadway.

Officials say at this point, it appears the man may have suffered a medical problem.

OSP says that the airbags deployed during the crash, and Mires was wearing a seat belt.

The westbound lane was closed for about two hours while the accident was investigated.

Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Glide rural Fire District and ODOT.

Mires' family was notified of his death.