A 68-year-old Dillard woman and a boy died after a car crash near Highway 138 that police believe occurred Wednesday afternoon.

Around noon on Thursday, Oregon State Police and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a 2005 Mercury Sable that had hit a tree near the Apple Creek campground and was partially in the North Umpqua River.

Both the driver, Sandra Mincher, and the juvenile passenger, whose identity and age were not released by police, died as a result of their injuries.

Police believe the pair crashed at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, almost three hours after they were last seen leaving the Klamath Falls area. By 9 p.m., the duo were reported overdue.

Highway 138 has been the site of several fatal accidents in the past.

In February, a Glide man died after his pickup rolled and he was ejected from the car just outside of Glide.

Last July, a Roseburg woman died after her car hit a power pole and ejected her in between Roseburg and Glide.

The month before that, two 91-year-olds died after their car crashed into boulders and landed in the North Umpqua River.

Saphara Harrell can be reached at 541-957-4216 or sharrell@nrtoday.com. Or, follow her on Twitter


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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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