Accident on 99W takes life

A head-on collision along Highway 99W south of Monmouth claimed the life of a Dallas man and sent the driver of a semi truck to a Corvallis hospital with minor injuries.

MONMOUTH -- One person was killed and another received minor injuries in a head-on traffic crash involving a pickup and commercial truck May 14 near Monmouth.

Nicholas Larry-Lee Faas, 24, of Dallas, a student at Oregon State University, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred on Highway 99W about four miles south of Monmouth near milepost 66.

The tractor-trailer's driver, Vernard Mello, 49, of McMinnville, received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis for treatment.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Kevin Delgrande, at about 11:10 a.m. on May 14 a 1994 Toyota pickup driven by Faas was northbound on Highway 99W near Stapleton Road 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, said Delgrande.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire District No. 1, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed for about four hours with a detour established around the scene.

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