VERNONIA, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people died in a near head-on collision that closed Hwy 47 about 9 miles south of Vernonia, Oregon State Police said.
Both Ford F-150 trucks had one person inside and were fully engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived at the scene around milepost 69.
Police say the white and red truck driven by 39-year-old Kelly Fultz, of Hillsboro, crossed the center line on a curved section of the highway and hit the black truck, driven by 58-year-old Tim Marshall, from Beaverton.
One truck came to an uncontrolled stop in the southbound lane, the other in the southbound shoulder, according to Oregon State Police.
“It’s disappointing to see this kind of thing,” Mitchell Ward with the Banks Fire Department said. “It affects the community, I’m sure these people are local people know em. Come upon the scene, see their relatives, friends. It’s disheartening”
There were no passengers and no one else was hurt.
Police say speed and distracted driving may have contributed to the crash.
Those familiar with that stretch of highway say its winding and unforgiving curves are always cause for concern.
“[It’s] busy, dangerous. People need to pay attention,” Ward said. “We’ve got a lot of people doing what they’re not supposed to do and causing accidents.”
Oregon State Police ask any witnesses who may have left the scene before police arrived to contact the dispatch enter at 503.375.3555.