Buxton, Crash, Highway 26

Deadly crash closes Highway 26 at the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel

The Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel. Photo: Chas Hundley

BUXTON - A deadly crash at the east end of the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel has closed Highway 26 in both directions, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

As of 3:25 p.m., the highway had reopened, according to Banks Fire District and ODOT.

The Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel is located near mile marker 41 between the Timber Junction and the Vernonia turn off at Staley's Junction

A photo shared by the Washington County Sheriff's Office shows a severely damaged vehicle that appears to have been damaged by fire. The front half of the vehicle is nearly unrecognizable.

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According to ODOT, it was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

"I have no estimate on when . . .

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