BANKS, Ore. -- A Hillsboro man died and another man was injured in an early morning crash on U.S. 26 between Banks and Manning.
A preliminary assessment indicates the pickup driver, 20-year-old Bradley Cole Vandehey of Hillsboro, veered into the path of the eastbound log truck, according to Sgt. Kyle Hove of the Oregon State Police.
The force of the crash pushed the log truck off the highway and into a field. The log truck driver, 32-year-old Raymond Michael Scott of Tillamook, was apparently able to climb from the cab, and was found resting on top of the logs that had spilled from the truck. He was airlifted to Oregon Health and Science University, where he was treated and later released.
It's unclear what caused Vandehey to cross the center line.
"It’s unusual for someone to cross over the line like this on a straight stretch so it could have been sleepiness, we really don’t know at this time, it's still under investigation; it could have been many factors," said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The highway was closed for more than six hours.
Photos: Deadly crash on US 26 near Banks