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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 26 near SE 267th Avenue east of Gresham
03/20/2010
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 Saturday evening's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 26 near milepost 16 just west of the intersection with SE 267th Avenue. A 65-year old southeast Portland man died in the crash after his car came to rest on the opposite of the guardrail. The investigation is looking into the possibility a medical problem was a contributing factor.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Duane Larson, on March 20, 2010 at approximately 6:00 p.m. RONALD BRUCE ERICKSON, age 65, from southeast Portland, was driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre eastbound on Highway 26 when he became involved in a minor non-injury crash with another vehicle at the Hillyard Road intersection. ERICKSON continued driving eastbound in the westbound lanes where the highway briefly splits for about 1/2 mile before coming back together at SE 267th Avenue. Approaching the SE 267th Avenue intersection, the Buick struck the westbound guardrail, damaging approximately 200 feet before going over the guardrail and coming to rest on the grass shoulder.
 
ERICKSON was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. Information provided to troopers is that ERICKSON was diabetic and that he may have had a medical problem while driving.
 
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by ODOT, Gresham Fire Department, Gresham Police Department and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.