BEAVERTON, Ore. – A 20-year-old Beaverton woman was killed after she crashed into multiple cars while driving the wrong way on Highway 26 early Saturday morning.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office first began receiving reports shortly after 1 a.m. about a Honda Civic going eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 26, as far west as Cornelius Pass Road.
The car initially was going at a slow speed before accelerating to possibly over 100 miles per hour, according to Sgt. Bob Ray of the sheriff’s office.
Deputies diverted traffic off the highway and set up spike strips at Murray Boulevard.
However, the Honda crashed between Cornell Road and Murray Boulevard only a few minutes after the first 911 call. The Honda slammed into a Toyota Tacoma, which caused the Honda to rotate sideways when it was hit by a Mazda. The Honda was severed in half, with one half of the car striking a Toyota Sienna.
The driver of the wrong-way Honda was identified as Madeline Duncan. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Mazda and a passenger were taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, Ray said.
Westbound Highway 26 was closed for about five hours in the area of the crash.
An investigation is ongoing.