Crash on Highway 18 takes life of teenager

GRAND RONDE -- Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's two-vehicle traffic crash along Highway 18 west of Spirit Mountain Casino that killed a teenage male.Friday at approximately 6:16 p.m., a 2000 Ford Focus driven by Alexander Barnes, 19, from Aumsville, was westbound on Highway 18 near milepost 22 when Barnes attempted to make a U-turn. The Ford Focus was struck in the driver's side door by a Ford pickup that was following behind the car.Barnes was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger in his car, Matthew Frankenhauser, 22, from Aumsville, was critically injured and transported to Salem Hospital, where he is being treated.The Ford pickup's driver, Dannyelle Mager, 32, from Amity, was not injured. A passenger in the pickup was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.The highway was blocked for about four hours.OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation.OSP was assisted by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Grand Ronde Police Department, West Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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