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Washougal man killed in crash on Oregon Highway 26

By , Columbian staff reporter

A Washougal man was killed in a crash Oct. 2 on U.S. Highway 26 in Clackamas County, Ore.

Oregon State Police troopers responded at about 5:20 a.m. to a two-vehicle crash near Milepost 45.5, about a mile east of Rhododendron, Ore.

A westbound Kia Soul, driven by John Walker Yost, 51, of Oregon City, Ore., crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Freightliner semitruck and trailer. The semi was driven by Clayton Grant Kenyon, 67, of Washougal, according to a State Police news release.

The crash caused the Freightliner to leave the highway and crash into several trees. The Kia spun and came to a stop on the shoulder, the news release states.

Kenyon was declared dead at the scene. Yost and his passenger, Joshua Allen Anthony, 45, also of Oregon City, Ore., suffered minor injuries, the State Police said.

Yost remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The highway was affected for about 10 hours for the investigation.