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One person died in a three-vehicle crash that closed Highway 26 on the Warm Springs Reservations Sunday, Jan. 3.

One person died in a three-vehicle crash that closed Highway 26 on the Warm Springs Reservations Sunday, Jan. 3.

According to an Oregon State Police news release, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the crash near milepost 77 at approximately 11:50 a.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge Ram 1500, operated by Ryan Ranson, age 33, of Lake Stevens, Washington, was eastbound when it sideswiped a westbound Toyota Highlander, operated by Michael Becker, 45, of Beaverton, and then collided with a westbound Ford F-350 pickup operated by Michael Nehring, 33, of La Center, Washington.

Ranson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Becker and his three passengers were not injured. Nehring and his four passengers were not injured.

Highway 26 was closed for approximately five and a half hours for the investigation, causing traffic congestion. A detour was established via Oregon 216 and U.S. 197/97.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Warm Springs Fire and Rescue, and the Warm Springs Police Department.


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