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The head-on collision near milepost 34 on the Wilson River Highway happened before 6 a.m.

A stretch of the Wilson River Highway has reopened in both directions following a deadly crash early Monday morning, July 26.

Police say the head-on collision occured near milepost 34, at the border of the Tillamook and Washington county lines, shortly before 6 a.m.

According to Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, one person was killed and a second person was transported to a nearby hospital via Life Flight helicopter with serious injuries. Three others were hurt but weren't in need of assistance.

Firefighters were called ot the scene on Highway 6 at about 6:50 a.m., after a Tillamook County sheriff's deputy on his way to work discovered the two-vehicle crash, according to Forest Grove Fire. The highway was closed for a crash investigation.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a green 2007 Honda CRV operated by Monico Barajas-Rojas (70) of The Dalles, was traveling eastbound on Highway 6 negotiating a curve when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and struck a blue 2018 Dodge pick-up, driven by Vernon Mincemoyer (51) of Gaston. The right-front passenger of the Honda CRV, Emilia Barajas (61) of the Dalles, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mincemoyer was uninjured.

The highway reopened later Monday morning, at about 11:30 a.m., according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Three ambulances, the Banks Fire District, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police all responded to the scene.

Editor's note: This story has been updated as of 8:00 a.m. July 27 to note that the findings of the preliminary investigation.


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