Fatal crash occurs on Highway 20


A Waldport man died Monday, May 18, when the vehicle he was driving collided with a truck on Highway 20 near milepost 11.

At around 10:50 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Accord, operated by Max Metcalf, 86, was traveling east when the driver lost control and slid into the westbound lane. The Accord was struck by a westbound Peterbilt log truck, operated by Rodney Smith, 67, of Philomath. 

Metcalf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Smith was not injured.

Highway 20 was closed intermittently for five hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Toledo Fire and Rescue.

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