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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99W South of Monmouth
Sergeant Kevin Delgrande
Oregon State Police - Salem
Office: (503) 378-3387

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One person was killed and another received minor injuries in a traffic crash involving a pickup and commercial truck Wednesday morning on Highway 99W about four miles south of Monmouth.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Kevin Delgrande, on May 14, 2008 at approximately 11:10 a.m. a 1994 Toyota pickup driven by NICHOLAS LARRY-LEE FAAS, age 24, from Dallas, was northbound on Highway 99W near milepost 66 passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone. The pickup collided with a southbound Mack truck pulling a loaded chip trailer. After impact, the truck came to rest in a field off the east side of the highway and the pickup came to rest on the northbound shoulder.
FAAS was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators advise he attended Oregon State University.
The truck's driver, VERNARD MELLO, age 49, from McMinnville, received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to a Corvallis hospital.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire District, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed for about four hours with a detour established around the scene.