Fatal Accident on HWY 26 in Wasco County, OR
July 12, 2023

Wasco County, Oregon (OR) – On July 28, 2023, at around 3:31 P.M., the OSP attended to a two-car incident on HWY 26, close to milepost 79 in Wasco County, OR.

According to preliminary findings, a gray 2021 Subaru Crosstrek driven westbound by Maxwell David Wheeler, 34-year-old of Bellevue (WA) crashed head-on with an eastbound white 2011 GMC Savana driven by Jesus Moises Paez Gomez, 34-year-old of Hillsboro, who was towing a white 1997 Wells Cargo utility trailer. The driver of the Subaru (Wheeler) was pronounced dead at the site.

The driver of the GMC (Gomez) was pronounced dead at the scene. Jose Luis Galvan Vazquez, 52-year-old, Magnolia Fuentes Ramos, 29-year-old, and a male minor, 4-year-old, all of Hillsboro, were sent to hospitals for treatment. The two adult passengers were carried on foot. The little passenger was flown to a hospital in the Portland region by Life Flight.

The roadway was stopped for around 4.5 hours as members of the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the accident.

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