MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Highway 99W is now open after being closed due to a crash that occurred Thursday morning 3 miles south of Monmouth at milepost 66.
Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the two-vehicle wreck at 6:50 a.m. and a detour was in place as crews worked to clear the scene.
According to a news release from the Oregon State Police, Taylor Boquist, 23, of Cove was traveling eastbound on Parker Road in a green 2002 Toyota pickup when he pulled onto the highway and was struck by a 2002 Kenworth log truck traveling southbound, causing the truck to lose its load.
The driver of the log truck was pronounced deceased at the scene. Authorities are notifying the next of kin. Boquist was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.
OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Police Department, ODOT, Polk County Public works and Polk County Fire. The investigation is ongoing.