Update posted at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 17
The following information is from Oregon State Police.
On Friday September 17, 2021 at about 7:20 a.m. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 near milepost 11.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 1998 Ford Explorer, operated by Leah Brown, 30, of Garibaldi, was traveling westbound on Highway 26 when for unknown reasons the Explorer crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2016 Volvo, Albertson's semi truck, operated by Joseph Danmyer 33, of Estacada.
Brown suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Danmyer was not injured.
Highway 26 was closed for four hours following the crash.
Hamlet Fire Department, Seaside Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP at the scene.
Update posted at 10:30 a.m.
The Oregon Department of Transportation reports all lanes of U.S. Highway 26 11 miles east of Seaside (2 miles east of Necanicum) are open following an earlier multi vehicle crash.
Previous coverage posted at 8 a.m.
A multi-vehicle crash has closed U.S. Highway 26, 11 miles east of Seaside (Two miles east of Necanicum).
This will likely be a long closure for a law enforcement investigation and reconstruction, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Travelers should avoid the area, use an alternative route or expect long delays.
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