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Rogers, Agent Vernon D.

End of Watch: 
Wednesday, September 8, 1965
County: 
Clallam
Agency: 
U.S. Bureau of A.T.F.

Investigator Vernon Rogers died from injuries he received in an automobile accident on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. He was en route to Port Angeles to investigate the reported sale of non-tax-paid, illegal Japanese whiskey from a ship in port at the time. The accident occurred while Investigator Rogers was driving across Morse Creek Bridge. A logging truck’s trail wheels were not tracking directly behind the truck and when crossing the bridge, they tracked over the bridge railing, twisting and breaking the tongue hitch. The broken tongue pierced the front of his vehicle, carried through the vehicle and through the torso of Investigator Rogers. He was transported to a local hospital and died as they were attempting to insert a breathing tube. Investigator Rogers was survived by his wife and two children.