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Local law enforcement investigate third wrong-way crash in a month

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One person was killed and several others were hurt in a wrong-way crash along Highway 26 early Wednesday morning. (Source: KPTV) One person was killed and several others were hurt in a wrong-way crash along Highway 26 early Wednesday morning. (Source: KPTV)
BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A young Sherwood man is dead and three other people are in the hospital after a wrong way driver caused a major crash on Highway 26 around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

“I was shocked, because you don’t think it would ever happen, and when it does it’s hard to believe,” says Maddie Bouska, student at Sherwood High School.

Classmates are devastated the day after a wreck that killed one of their friends and put two others in the hospital.

"That's the first person I’ve ever heard of who's died from drinking. It's kind of scary knowing that someone here in Sherwood died,” student, Jose Avila, tells us.

Brandon Wendell, 21, was a passenger who was killed in the crash.

“He was funny, chill, outgoing,” a former classmate recalls.

Wendell was in a Honda with three people inside. The driver, Taylor Melger, 20, and passenger, McKenna Hoffstadt, 17, survived with severe injuries.

Police say the man who hit them is Armando Gallegos, 50, from Hillsboro.

They say Gallegos was driving a pick-up the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Highway 26.

Unfortunately this is a familiar sight to local law enforcement--with two other wrong-way crashes in the just the last month.

One occurred over the weekend at the I-5/217 flyover ramp, when a pickup driving the wrong way slammed into two other vehicles, sending two people to the hospital.

Another happened April 4, when a driver was killed after traveling the wrong way on the same ramp, and crashed into a pickup.

Sergeant Bob Ray has been to many wrong-way crash scenes over the years, and has witnessed the wreckage first hand.

“If each vehicle is going 55 miles per hour, it’s essentially like hitting a brick wall at 110 miles per hour,” says Sergeant Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Ray says wrong-way accidents can happen fast, so it's important to conscious of headlights coming at you, and be ready to move fast.

“Move to the right as quickly as possible, on the shoulder, and flash your lights, flash emergency flashers if you have time to do that. But definitely move to the right. That’s the first thing I would do,” Sgt. Ray explains.

At this point, Beaverton Police aren't saying who could be charged in the case, or what charges they could face.

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