Buxton, Crash, hwy 47

Highway 47 closed for fatal crash north of Buxton

A traffic camera at Staley’s Junction Thursday morning. Photo: ODOT

BUXTON – Highway 47 is closed for a fatal crash near milepost 76, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The Banks Fire District confirmed the fatality in a media alert.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Sgt. Danny DiPietro, a single vehicle went off the road and struck a power pole.

“Unfortunately, after the crash, the power lines landed on top of [the car],” said Sgt. DiPietro.

With live wires in play, emergency responders couldn’t immediately confirm if there were additional occupants in the vehicle, and as of about 6:45 am., Portland General Electric crews had a 40 minute estimate time to be on scene.

Due to the crash, 1,759 PGE customers were without power in Banks, Buxton, Manning, and outside Forest Grove.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the Banks School District noted that their facilities were without power.

“They will hopefully have it up and running soon. Planning for regular start times in the schools,” the post read.

The crash is near an area north of Fisher Road outside of Buxton.

This is a developing story, and will be updated.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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