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Highway 26 crash kills two

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Two Portland-area drivers were killed on Highway 26 Sunday morning when one of them lost control and struck the other head-on, the Oregon State Police reported.

The crash occurred 13 miles east of the Highway 101 junction, an area with two lanes in each direction, about 9 a.m.

Jesus M. Ramirez-Cortes, 19, of Milwaukie was headed west in a 2006 Audi when it crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck an oncoming 2009 Jeep Cherokee driven by Sylvia L. Kearns, 63, of Vancouver, Wash.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles and each was wearing their seatbelt.

Ramirez-Cortes was pronounced dead at the scene. A press release from OSP does not say whether Kearns died at the scene or died shortly thereafter.

The highway was closed for an hour and then restricted for three hours afterward during the OSP investigation.

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