[cifnmedia] New Blood Evidence in Deadly Oregon Crash

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  • Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 20:52:43 -0800 (PST)

Updated: 11-18-2003 03:34:34 PM

New Blood Evidence in Deadly Oregon Crash 

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ New tests on blood taken from the driver in a deadly van 
crash that killed eight firefighters last summer show that his blood alcohol 
level may have been under the legal limit. 

The first sample from the burned body of Mark Ransdell had yielded an alcohol 
level of about .13 percent. Oregon's legal limit is .08 percent. 

Later tests by a state pathologist of two additional samples yielded levels of 
.05 percent and .07 percent, according to defense attorney David Terry. 

Malheur County prosecutor Dan Norris said Monday the new results would not 
change his case against Ransdell's employer, First Strike Environmental Co., a 
private firefighting contractor charged with reckless endangerment and drunken 
driving, punishable by fines. 

The prosecutor alleges supervisors at First Strike knew a large amount of 
alcohol was purchased during the firefighters' trip home from an Idaho 

First Strike has filed a motion to dismiss the case. 


Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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