Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation following the death of a Florence woman Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash along Highway 126W about two miles west of Noti in Lane County.

The victim's name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

OSP provided this account:

At about 7:25 a.m., a 1996 Dodge Neon two-door driven by Patricia Darlene Dunning, 47, of Florence, was eastbound on Highway 126W near milepost 40 when it traveled off the highway, struck a utility pole in the driver's door, and came to rest of its side down an embankment.

The power pole was sheared at its base and power lines came down near the vehicle.

After emergency responders were able to reach the vehicle, Dunning was pronounced dead at the scene. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.

Conditions at the time were described as raining hard and wet pavement.

Senior Trooper Gale Cochell is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane Fire Authority, ODOT and Emerald People's Utility District. Traffic was restricted to one lane for about four hours.

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