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Police: Tualatin couple, 91, killed in crash into North Umpqua River

Two 91-year-olds died when their car went off Highway 138E Monday and crashed upsidedown in the North Umpqua River, Oregon State Police said. (OSP photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Two 91-year-olds died when their car went off Highway 138E Monday and crashed upside-down in the North Umpqua River, Oregon State Police said.

The driver - identified as John Boyd Staples - and passenger - identified as Elizabeth Ann Staples of Tualatin - died at the scene, police said.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. near milepost 44.

Emergency personnel arrived to find a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu "on its top, completely submerged in the North Umpqua River," state police said.

The investigation determined that the car drifted off the highway for unknown reasons.

The car "struck several boulders, went down a steep embankment, and came to rest on its top in the North Umpqua River," police said.

Both the driver and passenger were using seatbelts, police said. Their airbags deployed.

State police got help at the scene from Douglas County SO Search and Rescue, Douglas County Fire District II Swiftwater Rescue, Glide Volunteer Fire Department, PacifiCorp, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Kokua Towing Company.

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