The highway was temporarily closed but a single lane of traffic has re-opened, according to Banks Fire.

COURTESY PHOTO: BANKS FIRE DISTRICT - Two vehicles were involved in a crash on Highway 26 near Manning that left one dead and affected traffic through the area Monday afternoon.Traffic on Highway 26 is restricted Monday afternoon, March 19, after a fatal crash in the community of Manning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Banks Fire District.

Detective Mark Povolny, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, confirmed one person died in the crash.

Two vehicles were involved in what appears to have been a head-on collision in front of Dairy Queen, 47650 N.W. Sunset Highway in Manning, according to Mitch Ward, a spokesman for the Banks Fire District. Each vehicle had a single occupant.

Ward said the other person involved in the crash refused medical transport. The driver was later re-evaluated by Banks Fire upon request, the district said in a brief statement.

Banks Fire received the call at 2:15 p.m., Ward said.

The highway was closed temporarily, but Ward said a single lane re-opened just before 3 p.m., with westbound and eastbound traffic alternating.

A detour was set up along Pihl and Pondgratz roads, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The cause of the crash has yet to be determined, and the name of the deceased has not been released. A spokesperson for the Oregon State Police did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

Monday's fatal crash comes less than three days after a three-vehicle wreck left two dead and five injured several miles to the west on Highway 26, in Tillamook County. The Banks Fire District released a statement after that crash urging motorists to drive with caution in the area.

Editor's note: This is a developing story. It has been updated with more information on the crash and to note one lane of the highway has re-opened, as well as a detour route.COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A fatal crash has Highway 26 closed in Manning on Monday afternoon.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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