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Police say Gene Carlson's truck drifted off the highway and struck a guardrail.

An Oregon City man died in a single-vehicle crash in the Tillamook State Forest on Sunday evening, Sept. 12, according to the Oregon State Police.

Gene Carlson, 66, was driving eastbound on Highway 6, signed locally as Wilson River Highway, authorities said. He had just crossed from Tillamook County into Washington County when his Ford F-150 drifted off the highway, according to police.

Carlson was reportedly towing a 17-foot boat at the time. When his truck left the roadway, it struck a guardrail and rolled.

State troopers and other emergency personnel responded to the crash at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, the Oregon State Police said.

Carlson was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is unclear what caused Carlson's truck to drift and strike the guardrail. The vehicle was traveling eastbound at the time of the crash, police said.

Highway 6 travels through the Tillamook State Forest, connecting Banks with Tillamook.

The highway was closed for about two hours, police said.


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