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Before Crash 911 Received Call Of Wrong Way Driver

Head On Traffic Crash Occurred Friday Night Highway 140West Mile Post 43 – Impaired Driving believed to be a contributing factor

Just before 6pm last Friday night Klamath County 911 received a call of a wrong way driver on Highway 140 West. The driver was reported to be driving in the oncoming lane.

Shortly after the 911 call, additional calls started to come in just after 6pm reporting a head on collision between two pickup trucks near mile post 43. The location of this crash was in the area of Westside Road.


The above map shows the area where the crash occurred. Image from State of Oregon map data. 

According to early information obtained by Klamath Alerts, a silver-grey Chevy pickup driven by Thomas C Blodgett (33) of Klamath Falls was driving in the wrong lane and impacted a silver Toyota Tacoma driven by Sean Matthew Prive (36) of Medford.

Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles after the crash and it took emergency crews some time to extricate the drivers. Highway 140 West was closed in both directions and an accident reconstruction expert was sent from Medford to process the accident scene.

As of posting time of this article Sean Prive had sustained serious injuries and was in stable condition. Thomas Blodgett sustained life threatening injuries and was in critical condition.

According to information provided by Oregon State Police, Thomas Blodgett of Klamath Falls has been charged with the following crimes.

  • Assault II
  • Reckless Driving
  • 7 Counts of Reckless Endangering a Person
  • DUII – Inhalants

This accident remains under investigation by OSP and we will post additional details if they become available. There are reports that several people stopped and rendered aid to crash victims before emergency crews arrived.

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Photo: The crash scene on Highway 140 West. Photo submitted to Klamath Alerts