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Highway 18 Accident Claims Life

POLK COUNTY -- A Willamina man died in a rollover accident April 14 on Highway 18 near milepost 25.

POLK COUNTY -- A Willamina man died in a rollover accident April 14 on Highway 18 near milepost 25.

According to the Oregon State Police, Paul Frederick Boehler, 70, was driving his 1987 Ford F250 eastbound on Highway 18 at 12:35 p.m. The pickup attempted to negotiate a left curve in the road and drifted onto the shoulder. Boehler tried to steer back onto the highway and lost control, causing his pickup to roll.

Boehler was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. The highway was limited to one lane for 2.5 hours.

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