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Highway 26 reopens following fatal crash involving log truck, pickup near Banks

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BANKS, OR (KPTV) -

U.S. Highway 26 was closed for several hours near Banks Monday due to a fatal crash involving a log truck and a pickup.

Oregon State Police said the collision occurred near the junction with Highway 47 shortly before 7 a.m.

Investigators said preliminary information indicated a 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Bradley Cole Vandehey, 20, of Hillsboro, was headed westbound on Highway 26 when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason.

The pickup crashed head-on into a 1993 Peterbilt log truck driven by Raymond Michael Scott, 32, of Tillamook.

Vandehey was pronounced dead at the scene.

A LifeFlight crew transported Scott by helicopter to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.

The highway was closed in both directions all morning because of the crash. 

The highway was back open in both directions shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

Troopers said factors that may have contributed to the crash were still under investigation Monday afternoon.

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