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Driver Dies From Injuries Sustained in October 3rd Traffic Crash - Highway 26 east of Elsie
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 Monday afternoon's single vehicle critical injury traffic crash along Highway 26 about eight miles east of Elsie. According to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner, TYLER FLOWERS, age 19, from Vancouver, Washington died Wednesday afternoon at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he was being treated following the crash.
According to Trooper Dennis Thomas, on October 3, 2011 at approximately 2:00 p.m. a passing motorist called to report observing a vehicle drive off the westbound shoulder of Highway 26 near milepost 27. The two-door car traveled about ten feet down embankment where it came to a stop with the driver trapped inside. An off-duty paramedic arrived on scene about five minutes later, stopped and began rendering medical aid.
OSP troopers, Elsie Fire Department and ODOT personnel responded to the scene. Firefighters extricated FLOWERS from the vehicle and he was transported by ground ambulance to the rest area at milepost 28. LifeFlight responded and transported FLOWERS to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
Preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was westbound on Highway 26. For an unknown reason, it traveled off the highway crashing into a tree.
Highway traffic was partially affected for about two hours.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause.