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Astoria man killed in Highway 101 head-on collision

An Astoria man died when his car struck an oncoming pickup late Tuesday. (Oregon State Police)
Friday, June 8, 2018

An Astoria man was killed on Highway 101 Tuesday evening when his white Ford Escape crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on, according to Oregon State Police.

Dale Larson, 84, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:30 p.m. crash, which occurred near Dellmoor Loop Road. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Larson was headed south when his vehicle struck the northbound black GMC pickup, which was being driven by Jesse Taylor, 38, of Seaside. Taylor, and a passenger in his pickup, were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for injuries that weren’t life-threatening, Lt. Andrew Merila said.

All lanes of the highway were closed, with a detour in place, for about three hours while officers reconstructed the crash and collected evidence.

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