SHERIDAN, Ore. -- A pickup truck driver from Grand Ronde died in a collision Sunday that closed Oregon 18 for five hours.
Lester J. Lindberg, 73, was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the children or adults on the bus from the Newberg Christian Church was hurt.
The crash was reported just after 3:15 p.m. near milepost 35, north of Sheridan, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The bus was heading westbound on a church outing to the coast when the crash occurred near milepost 34, police said. Lindberg's eastbound Ford Ranger drifted onto the shoulder, then back onto the eastbound lane, still out of control, hitting the bus.
The bus driver, one adult chaperone and nine pre-teen kids were on the bus. Parents and church members drove to the wreck and took the children to their camp outing.