Colton man dies in fatal crash
A Colton man died in a crash on Highway 211 when the vehicle he was riding in struck a vehicle driven by a Woodburn woman on Friday, making it the second fatality on that stretch of the highway within a week.
Emergency personnel responded to the reported crash on the evening of Friday, March 1 at Highway 211 near Country Christian School to find what Molalla Fire District described as a "chaotic scene."
After a preliminary investigation, Oregon State Police Troopers concluded that Maurice Deets, 75, of Colton, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons he crossed over the center line and into a southbound lane, striking a pickup truck driven by Beverly Parker, 48, of Woodburn.
The front passenger of Deets' vehicle, Matthew Deets, 49, of Colton, was pronounced deceased at the scene, per Molalla Fire.
Maurice Deets was removed using the jaws of life, according to Molalla Fire, and was transported to an area trauma hospital.
Parker was able to walk away from the scene with minor injuries, Molalla Fire said.
Highway 211 was closed at that site for 3-4 hours while Oregon State Police conducted an investigation, according to Colton Fire.
Along with Molalla Fire, Colton Fire and Oregon State Police, other agencies on scene were Clackamas Fire and Life Flight Network.
It was the second fatality on HWY 211 in the past week. On Feb. 26, a truck driven by Jacob Slinkard, 28, of Colton left the road near milepost 19 for unknown and struck a tree. Slinkard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to Oregon State Police.