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Alsea resident William M. Johnson died in a single-vehicle crash on Monday south of Alsea.

A 77-year-old Alsea man died after the car he was driving went off the road and rolled, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday in a news release.

William M. Johnson was driving east on South Fork Road when his blue 1999 Buick Riviera sedan left the road near Tobe Creek Road and rolled down an embankment, coming to rest about 15 feet from the South Fork of the Alsea River, according to the release.

The crash was reported at 1:19 p.m. Monday and Johnson was dead when deputies arrived, the sheriff’s office reported.

Investigators are looking into speed and possible medical issues as factors in the crash, the sheriff’s office said. There was no sign that drugs or alcohol were involved.

The Corvallis Fire Department and Alsea Rural Fire District assisted at the scene.

The crash happened about 3 miles south of Alsea, between the small Coast Range community and the Alsea Falls Recreation Site.

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