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Vancouver man uninjured in fatal crash on Highway 18 in Oregon

By , Columbian staff writer

A Vancouver man was uninjured in a fatal crash Saturday in Polk County, Ore., according to the Oregon State Police.

Troopers responded around 5:40 p.m. to Highway 18 near Milepost 17 east of Grand Ronde for a three-vehicle crash.

Gary Young, 76, of Naches crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic and crashed into a Dodge van driven by Cheryl Kaesemeyer, 49, of Monmouth, Ore., a State Police news release states. Then, Jason Foidel, 50, of Vancouver, crashed into Kaesemeyer’s van.

Young was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Judy Zazzaro, 63, of Naches, was injured and taken to a hospital, the State Police said. Kaesemeyer and her passenger, Raymond Kaesemeyer Jr., 53, were also taken to a hospital for their injuries.

Foidel and his passenger, Becky Lindsay, 58, also of Vancouver, were both uninjured.

Highway 18 was closed for around four hours.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Grand Ronde Fire Department, Grand Ronde Police Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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