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The highway was closed for several hours Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Timber area.

Oregon State Police, along with several partner agencies, responded Tuesday, Nov. 10, to a fatal crash on Highway 26 in Washington County, just east of the Tillamook County line.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Banks Fire District initially reported the crash near milepost 35 west of Timber Road on Tuesday afternoon, at about 1:45 p.m. One person died, the Oregon State Police later said.

On Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, police released the results of their preliminary crash investigation.

A Toyota 4Runner traveling westbound on the highway crossed into eastbound traffic, colliding with a Ford Transit commercial van and then a Toyota Tacoma, according to state police.

The driver of the 4Runner was fatally injured in the crash. Police are not releasing his name at this time but have identified him as an adult male from Portland.

The driver of the van, a 34-year-old Salem resident, was hospitalized. The driver and passenger in the Tacoma were not transported to the hospital.

The highway was closed in both directions for about three hours while the crash scene was investigated and wreckage cleared.

Editor's note: This story has been updated as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, with more information on the crash.


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