Two perish in crash on Newberg-Dundee bypass
Police report two people died and one more was injured during an early morning crash Monday morning that closed the Newberg-Dundee bypass, where responders saw tractor-trailer rigs engulfed in flames.
According to a press release from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, flames were seen around 5:20 a.m. as high as 50 feet at mile post 57 on the bypass, which lies within the Dundee Fire District's service area.
There were no fire hydrants nearby, so water had to be shuttled to the scene by crews from Dundee, TVF&R, Dayton Fire District and St. Paul Fire Department. Crews fought the blaze for more than an hour before getting it under control.
Two people died in the crash, and one more was injured. Oregon State Police are investigating the crash and have not identified the victims.
The crash involved two tractor-trailer rigs and a car that had reported collided with the trucks. Both drivers of the trucks died; the third driver was taken to Providence Newberg Medical Centeer with unknown injuries.
"It was quite an explosion," witness John Powell told KOIN 6 News. "I thought maybe it was thunder, but after the second explosion, I got out of bed to see flames starting to get quite large."
This is the first fatal crash on the bypass, which opened in January 2018. According to The Oregonian, the two trucks were carrying molasses and poultry, respectively. Numerous outlets reported that icy conditions may have contributed to the wreck.