A Roseburg man has died after allegedly crashing his garbage truck into a tree on Nonpareil Road east of Sutherlin.

The driver, 51-year-old Dennis Lee Roderick of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies said at about 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, emergency dispatchers received calls of a single-vehicle crash in the 17300 block of Nonpareil Road.

Emergency crews found a 1999 Volvo sanitation truck owned by Sutherlin Sanitary Service which had been traveling east that had left the roadway and crashed into a tree coming to rest on its side.

Roderick drove a garbage truck for Sutherlin Sanitary for about a year.

General Manager Grant Fahey said Wednesday that Roderick was a excellent employee.

“Great driver, great guy. He was a singer and drum player in a band and had an amazing voice. He could fill a room with his voice — he was amazing,” Fahey said. “He was an honest hard-working guy that went too soon.”

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the crash should contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 541-440-4471.

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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Very kind and special man.


Rest in peace my friend. Your beautiful voice will live on in recordings.

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