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Fatal Crash on Highway 18 west of Grand Ronde, Oregon

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POLK COUNTY, OR - The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Monday, January 24, 2022, at approximately 7:50 PM, OSP and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 18 near milepost 15 west of Grand Ronde.

The preliminary investigation revealed that an eastbound black Toyota Camry 4D, operated by Steven Donaldson (67) of Independence, crossed into the westbound travel lane for unknown reasons and collided with an oncoming Honda Accord, operated by Christian Carter Jr (22) of Lincoln City.

Donaldson suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. His passenger, Angelina Rakestraw (35) of Brownsville, was transported to a local area hospital.

Highway 18 was closed for approximately 3 hours.

OSP was assisted Grand Ronde Fire Department, Grand Ronde Police Department and ODOT.