Fashion Blacksmith owner, employee die in crash

Triplicate Staff

The owner of a long-time family business in Crescent City died in a vehicle accident Wednesday, and a company employee died Thursday as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, according to Crescent City Harbor officials.

Dale Long, 75, was driving south on U.S. Highway 199 about eight miles south of Cave Junction, Ore., when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossing into the northbound lane and crashing head-on into a tree around 1:54 p.m., according to the Oregon State Police.

Passenger Sandra Crockett, 65, of Crescent City, was flown to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore., according to OSP.

Her death was announced Thursday afternoon by Harbormaster Richard Young, according to Harbor Commissioner Ron Phillips.

Long was the owner of Fashion Blacksmith, a boat repair business in Crescent City Harbor.

"This is just an enormous loss and that is why the Harbor Commission directed that the flags be at half staff today," Young said Thursday.

Long "always had the best interest of the harbor and the community at heart," Young said. "Sandie Crockett as well."

"She was a (former) harbor commissioner here," Young said of Crockett. "She has always loved the harbor and always been a huge friend of the harbor."

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