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Siletz Truck Driver Involved In Fatal Crash

On Wednesday, January 31, at approximately 3:40 p.m., Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies responded to a two-vehicle single-fatality crash on Highway 20 near Blodgett. A Ford F150 pickup was stopped on Highway 180 waiting to turn eastbound onto Highway 20. For an unknown reason, the driver of the pickup pulled out in front of an unloaded log truck, traveling westbound on Highway 20. The driver of the log truck tried to avoid the collision with the Ford but was unable to.

The driver of the log truck, 36-year-old Edwin Sondenaa from Siletz, was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with minor injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck, 61-year-old Michael Fetch from Hubbard, was pronounced deceased at the scene. It does not appear impairment or speed were factors in the crash.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately two hours while investigators processed the scene.

If you have additional information which may help the investigation, please contact BCSO Deputy Hesseling at erik.hesseling@bentoncountyor.gov or call 541-766-6858.

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