Fatal Traffic Crash

One person has died in a head-on traffic crash along Highway 30 in Columbia County.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP), on Monday, Jan. 10, at approximately 8:51 p.m. troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 59.

Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound white 2021 Toyota Camry, operated by Austin Nash, 28, of Rainier, lost control while negotiating a curve and slid into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a black Ford Explorer, operated by Brendan Smith, 29, of Clatskanie.

Nash suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Smith remained at the scene.

A GoFundMe account has been established by a family member for Nash’s pregnant wife. To contribute, visit https://gf.me/v/c/5mp5/help-alyssa-wyatt-gummy-bear

Highway 30 was closed for three hours following the crash.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Columbia River Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP at the crash scene.

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