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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 north of Scappoose
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's two vehicle fatal traffic crash north of Scappoose that resulted in the death of a 21-year old Scappoose man. OSP troopers were assisted by several law enforcement and fire service agencies that were helping provide public safety services in Columbia County during Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter's memorial service.
According to OSP Senior Trooper DeDe Hansell, preliminary investigation indicates on January 14, 2011 at approximately 9:41 a.m. a flatbed truck driven by BRUCE RODABAUGH, age 65, from Portland, was stopped in the left turn lane westbound Highway 30 at Gilmore Road near milepost 23. A 2002 Hyundai four-door driven by JOSHUA MARK COMFORT, age 21, from Scappoose, was westbound in the left lane when it traveled into the left turn lane and crashed into the back of the flatbed truck. Witnesses said the vehicle did not signal for a turn or slow down prior to impact.
COMFORT was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints and his was driving with a suspended license.
RODABAUGH was using safety restraints and was not injured. His vehicle was transporting concrete products.
Three of the four lanes on Highway 30 were blocked during the investigation for about 3 hours. The memorial service procession was able to travel past the scene in the eastbound lane.
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, Lake Oswego Police Department, Scappoose Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and ODOT.