PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — At least one person died in a crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 26 Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement officials said.
The crash near Banks shut down lanes at Northwest Dersham Road around 3:30 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Oregon State Police told KOIN 6 News it was a fatal crash, but there was no immediate word on how many people were involved or injured.
Initially, the Oregon Department of Transportation said US 26 may stay closed “well into this evening’s commute,” but told KOIN 6 News traffic was able to get by in both directions in the eastbound lanes.
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Meanwhile, Forest Grove Fire said crews were on the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 47 at Northwest Greenville Road in which patients were being evaluated.
“The highway is open, but use extreme caution on Highway 47 as Highway 26 is closed between Banks and North Plains,” Forest Grove Fire tweeted shortly after 4:30 p.m.
These crashes come as wintry weather conditions threaten to create hazardous conditions on the roads across the region. Find the full details in the link above.