BANKS — Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult male.

At 7 a.m., an off-duty police officer drove upon the scene of a fatal traffic crash on Oregon Highway 47 underneath the Highway 26 overpass north of Banks. OSP troopers, Washington County deputies, and local emergency responders were dispatched.

The vehicle was speeding northbound when it veered left and struck a bridge pillar head-on. The vehicle split apart on impact and debris covered the area. The victim was alone. There are no known witnesses.

OSP troopers from the Banks and St. Helens offices are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Steve Carlson is the lead investigator

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County medical examiner, Banks Fire District 13, Metro West Ambulance, and ODOT.

The section of highway was closed about six hours during the investigation and scene clearance.


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