McKay Road closed for hours after rear-ender turns deadly in rural Marion County

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A three-vehicle collision on Thursday aftermoon left three men dead and two injured on McKay Road near St. Paul. Two victims were taken by Life Flight helicopter to a Portland hospital, later succumbing to their injuries.

A major thoroughfare that links Interstate 5 to Newberg was closed for hours Thursday afternoon following a crash that resulted in three fatalities.

At 2:50 p.m., a three-vehicle rear-end collision involving two cars and a pick-up was reported on McKay Road west of French Prairie Road. A release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Jose Castilla-Castilla, 23, of Clackamas, was preparing to make a lefthand turn off McKay Road, which caused a vehicle approaching him from behind to stop. A late-model Ford F350 pick-up driven by Paul Leyva, 27, of Wilsonville, failed to stop and collided with the second vehicle, which then slammed into Castilla-Castilla's vehicle.

An occupant of the vehicle in the middle struck by Leyva, Timotheus Albers, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle's other two occupants – Ronald Wall, 25, and Jamie Shennan, 22 – were transported via Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital in Portland in critical condition. They succumbed to their injuries later. Leyva and Castilla-Castilla were transported by ambulance to area hospitals for evaluation.

Albers, Wall and Jamie were reportedly employees of a Dutch technology company and arrived in the United States last week.

A team of Marion County crash investigators is seeking to determine the events that led to the incident.

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