US Army soldier dead after being struck on Hwy 30

Oregon State Police say a National Guardsman has died after a Sunday crash on Highway 30.
Published: Feb. 20, 2023 at 5:04 PM PST
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COLUMBIA COUNTY Ore. (KPTV) – Oregon State Police say an active duty soldier with the US Army has died after a Sunday crash on Highway 30.

State troopers responded near milepost 60 around 6:23 p.m. According to investigators, a military convoy heading westbound on Highway 30 stopped on the westbound shoulder for car troubles. An associated Hummer stopped in the eastbound passing lane.

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OSP says two people, including 29-year-old Gonzalo Martinez III, of Cleveland TX, exited the Hummer. Martinez was then struck by a 1997 Chevrolet pickup, heading eastbound. The Chevrolet then crashed into the parked Hummer.

Both Martinez and the driver of the Chevrolet were taken to St. Johns Hospital in Longview where Martinez was pronounced dead. The driver remains in stable condition, according to OSP.

OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Clatskanie Fire and ODOT.