Passenger killed in 2-car crash near Molalla


Troopers said the driver of a Saturn Ion tried passing several cars on a blind corner

A head-on collision near Molalla left one person dead, July 11, 2019. (OSP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A head-on crash left a passenger dead Thursday afternoon near Molalla.

The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. on Highway 211 near South Macksburg Road in Clackamas County. Oregon State Police said a Saturn Ion was traveling southbound when the driver, 18-year-old Tyler Bracken, tried to pass several cars on a blind corner.

When Bracken saw a Ford F250 pickup approaching in the oncoming lane, he veered to the right, applied the brake, overcorrected and lost control.

The Saturn went into a soft shoulder and started to slide across both lanes, troopers said. It was hit by the Ford.

Bracken was airlifted with life-threatening injuries. His passenger, 18-year-old Eric Santos of Beaverton, died at the scene.

Eric Santos, 18, was killed in a crash on Hwy 211 near Molalla, July 11, 2019. (Courtesy of Southridge High School)

The driver of the Ford wasn’t hurt.

Highway 211 was closed for about 4 hours for an investigation.

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