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Elderly man killed in two-vehicle crash along Historic Columbia River Hwy

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COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OR (KPTV) -

A two-vehicle crash that killed one person closed Historic Columbia River Highway at Southeast Nielson Road for a several hours Thursday evening.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies and Corbett Fire Department responded to the report of a crash at 4:45 p.m.

When deputies arrived to the area they found two vehicles involved in the accident.

MCSO deputies said a gray Nissan Altima was turning left in front of an oncoming red Honda Prelude when the vehicles hit. The Honda rolled over and the driver, an elderly man, was pinned in the vehicle and was suffering from life-threatening injuries. MCSO said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Life Flight was called to transport the elderly man to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead at the Life Flight landing zone.

The driver of the other vehicle, Michael Dean Taylor, 64, of Corbett, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. He was arrested on charges of criminally negligent homicide and reckless driving.

MCSO said distracted driving appears to be a factor. 

The Historic Columbia River Highway between Southeast Stark Street Bridge and East Woodard Road is now back open after being closed for several hours while the Vehicular Crimes Team investigated.

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