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Investigation continues into fatal accident Saturday evening on Highway 240

A McMinnville man was killed Saturday evening when a late-model Ford crashed on Highway 240 west of Newberg.

According to a report released by the Oregon State Police, a 2016 Ford Mustang driven by Luis Antonio Mojica Padilla, 28, of Lafayette, veered off Highway 240 when Padilla failed to negotiate a curve at Red Hills Road at about 10:30 p.m.. The car traveled into a ditch and struck a tree, killing the passenger in the vehicle, Omar Ivan, 21, of McMinnville.

Padilla sustained serious injuries, the report said, and was transported to Providence Newberg Medical Center for treatment.

The highway was closed for about seven hours, the report said, while a reconstruction team investigated the accident.

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash, the report said.

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