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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 north of Banks
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning’s fatal traffic crash on Highway 26 north of Banks that resulted in the death of a Seaside-area man and serious injury to another man.
On January 4, 2012 at approximately 7:05 a.m. a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta four-door driven by DANIEL JAMES ADAMS JR, age 26, from Seaside, was eastbound on a straight stretch of Highway 26 west of Sellers Road near milepost 50 reportedly in the process of passing vehicles in heavy fog and darkness. The Volkswagen collided head-on with a westbound 1996 Pontiac Gran Prix driven by JOHN M. LINDSTEDT, age 55, from Cannon Beach. After impact, the Pontiac Grand Prix came to rest at an angle in the westbound lane and the Volkswagen came to rest on its side off the highway next to a field.
JASON M. HENRY, age 33, from Timber, was driving a 1974 Ford F350 pickup eastbound and came upon the scene shortly after the crash. HENRY stopped in the eastbound lane and got out to check on the involved drivers. While outside of his pickup, a westbound 2010 Ford Ranger pickup driven by RONALD MOODY, age 51, from Hillsboro, failed to stop and crashed into the sides of the Pontiac and the Ford F350 pickup.
LINDSTEDT was extricated by Banks Fire Department firefighters and transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University. LINDSTEDT was using safety restraints. He is in critical condition.
ADAMS was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints and the car’s airbags deployed. Information indicates he was enroute to work in the Portland area.
HENRY and MOODY were not injured. (Note: Mr. Henry has requested no media contact)
OSP troopers from the North Plains work site are continuing the investigation with the assistance of OSP collision reconstructionists. Any witnesses to the collision not interviewed by OSP are asked to contact Senior Trooper Gar Oriet at (503) 647-7631 ext. 447.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County District Attorney’s Office, Banks Fire Department, Washington County Medical Examiner, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed five hours during the scene investigation and a detour was in place.