Dayton woman dies in Highway 219 crash
A Dayton woman is dead and an Aurora driver seriously injured after a two-car collision Tuesday evening near Newberg.
According to a preliminary investigation by the Oregon State Police, Aurora resident Alexander Lewis, 20, was traveling southbound on Highway 219 in a Nissan Frontier at approximately 6:15 p.m. Tuesday when he encountered a tow truck hooking up a trailer on the southbound shoulder of the highway.
Lewis, a release from OSP said, attempted to pass the tow truck on the left and collided with a Kia operated by Dayton resident Erika Wanmer, 22, near milepost 22 of the highway, which is located roughly halfway between the Newberg-Dundee bypass and Wynooski Road.
Wanmer sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital in Portland, his injuries undisclosed.
Dayton resident Grehan Dutton, 27, a passenger in Wanmer's vehicle, was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanual Hospital in Portland with injuries of unknown severity.
Traffic on Highway 219 both north and south of the accident, as well as on Springbrook Road and Highway 99W entering Newberg from the north, was backed up for several hours as OSP personnel investigated the crash.
In addition to state police troopers, personnel from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the scene.
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