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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 Astoria-Megler Bridge
05/02/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's two-vehicle traffic crash on the Astoria-Megler Bridge that resulted in one death and serious injuries to another person.
 
According to Sergeant Andrew Merila, on May 2, 2012 at approximately 5:25 a.m. a 2003 Hyundai four-door driven by NOLAN NEAL BENSON, age 27, from Long Beach, Washington, was northbound on the Highway 101 Astoria-Megler Bridge when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with southbound a 2003 Toyota pickup driven by CHRIS A. LEVNO, age 57, from Kelso, Washington. After impact, the pickup came to rest on the guardrail and the Hyundai stopped in the traffic lane.
 
BENSON was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
LEVNO was transported initially to Columbia Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.
 
Both drivers were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
 
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Astoria Fire Department, Medix Ambulance and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed until 9:00 a.m.