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Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Crash West of McMinnville (PHOTOS)

A man driving a lunch wagon was rear-ended by one semi, and pushed into a second semi traveling the other direction.

Aftermath of fatal crash near McMinnville, Oregon
Photos of aftermath of fatal crash near McMinnville, Oregon courtesy: Oregon State Police

(McMINNVILLE, Ore.) - Police say one person died Tuesday morning in a three vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 18 west of McMinnville.

The highway was closed until 4:30 PM and no citations or enforcement action has been taken, says Oregon State Police Sergeant Brad Hessel. He stated that the investigation will be forwarded to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration when completed.

Hessel says that at 8:32 AM, 40-year old Miguel Martinez-Perez of McMinnville, was operating a 1988 Chevrolet R300 modified motor home, reconfigured as a mobile restaurant, westbound on Highway 18 at the intersection with Caleb Payne Road and Christensen Road.

The Chevrolet was beginning to turn left onto Christensen Road when it was struck from behind by a westbound 2001 Mac truck pulling an empty chip trailer operated by 26-year old Devin Lewis of Portland. Hessel says the impact pushed the Chevrolet into the left side of an eastbound empty 1998 Kenworth truck driven by 32-years old Michael Olson of Astoria. Miguel Martinez-Perez was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints according to police.

Lewis was using safety restraints and was not injured. He was driving for Walsh Trucking out of Troutdale.

Olson was using safety restraints and received minor injuries that did not require medical transport. He was driving for James Gedenberg Trucking out of Astoria.

Oregon State Police troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the help of the Multi-Agency Traffic Team.

In addition to OSP, the interagency team on scene has members from Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, and Carlton Police Department. The Sheridan Fire Department also responded and assisted.

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