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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 18 west of McMinnville
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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One person died Tuesday morning in a three vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 18 west of McMinnville. The highway re-opened at about 4:30 p.m. and no citations or enforcement action has been taken. According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Brad Hessel, the investigation will be forwarded to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration when completed.
Preliminary information indicates on December 2, 2008 at approximately 8:32 a.m. MIGUEL MARTINEZ-PEREZ, age 40, from McMinnville, was operating a 1988 Chevrolet R300 modified motor home utilized as a mobile restaurant westbound on Highway 18 at the intersection with Caleb Payne Road and Christensen Road. The Chevrolet was beginning to turn left onto Christensen Road when it was struck from behind by a westbound 2001 Mac truck pulling an empty chip trailer operated by DEVIN LEWIS, age 26, from Portland. The impact pushed the Chevrolet into the left side of an eastbound empty 1998 Kenworth truck driven by MICHAEL OLSON, age 32, from Astoria.
MARTINEZ-PEREZ was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints.
LEWIS was using safety restraints and was not injured. He was driving for Walsh Trucking out of Troutdale.
OLSON was using safety restraints and received minor injuries that did not require medical transport. He was driving for James Gedenberg Trucking out of Astoria.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the help of the Multi-Agency Traffic Team. In addition to OSP, the interagency team on scene has members from Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, and Carlton Police Department.
Sheridan Fire Department responded and assisted.