Scappoose man killed in Highway 30 crash

Scappoose man killed in Highway 30 crash

NEAR PORTLAND, Ore. - A fatal crash involving at least four vehicles closed a busy Highway 30 intersection north of Portland Tuesday evening.

It happened at the intersection of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road and Highway 30 shortly before 7 p.m.

Police said two vehicles collided at the intersection and one man was killed. A third vehicle was hit by debris but no injuries were reported in the third vehicle.

Multnomah County Deputy Travis Gullberg told KATU News Wednesday afternoon that it appears the driver of the pickup truck that was hauling a trailer ran a red light.

The two vehicles collided, sending the pickup truck and trailer onto its side. The 62-year-old driver of the minivan died. The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured.

The deceased driver of the minivan was identified as Lonny Gene Friberg of Scappoose. The driver of the pickup truck was identified as John Edwin Whitney, 69, of La Pine.

Police closed off Northwest Cornelius Pass Road to eastbound traffic between the highway and Northwest Skyline Boulevard while cleaning up and investigating the crash.

Officials detoured westbound Highway 30 traffic to Germantown Road and eastbound Highway 30 traffic west on Cornelius Pass Road to Highway 26.

The road was reopened several hours later.

Cornelius Pass Road has been identified as one of the top five most dangerous roads in Washington County, but the sheriff's office said the accident was not due to the road or driving conditions.

He said the collision was "intersection related."