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First responders at the scene of a one-car crash early Saturday morning on Highway 38 near milepost 31.

A Canyonville woman died, and her husband was seriously injured, in a crash west of Elkton on Highway 38 on Friday night.

At approximately 7 p.m. Friday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office took a report of an overdue motorist.

Police said the couple, identified as Frank Braudt, 76, and Marcia Braudt, 75, had left the Reedsport area shortly after noon Friday and were on their way to the Canyonville area.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County Search and Rescue began actively searching for the couple and around 12:20 a.m. Saturday the couple’s SUV was located near milepost 31 on Highway 38.

The vehicle had traveled over an embankment and was out of view of passing motorists.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Elkton Fire Department and North Douglas Ambulance extricated the couple and provided medical aid.

Despite lifesaving efforts Marcia Braudt was critically injured and was pronounced deceased. Frank Braudt was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

Oregon State Police officers are continuing to investigate the crash.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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