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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 near Knappa
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an Astoria-area man shortly after midnight on Highway 30 in the Knappa area.
According to OSP Lieutenant Duane Stanton, on January 5, 2009 at 12:03 a.m. police, fire and medical agencies were notified of a single vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 82.  Preliminary investigation indicates a 2009 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by ROBERT JAMES RANKIN, age 21, from Astoria, was eastbound on Hillcrest Loop when it failed to negotiate a curve. The pickup left the roadway, crashed through a guardrail and continued airborne over a 50 foot embankment where it rolled and came to rest on its driver's side onto Highway 30.
RANKIN was pronounced deceased at the scene. Safety restraint use information is not available.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Knappa/Stevenson EMS, Medics, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
Highway 30 was closed about two hours.