A trailer that detached from a hitch and hit another vehicle led to a crash Wednesday that killed a 69-year-old Albany man, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies responded at 3:50 p.m. on Jan. 4 to the incident on Highway 20 near Hyak Park west of Albany.

The crash investigation determined that a Ford Ranger was traveling westbound pulling a small unloaded trailer. While in transit, the trailer detached from the Ranger’s hitch and hit a Honda Civic that was traveling in the opposite direction. The Civic then left the roadway and hit a telephone pole.

The Albany man driving the Civic was transported by ambulance from the scene and later died at the hospital.

The driver of the Ranger, 42-year-old Nicholaus Cotter, of Lebanon, was uninjured. Cotter was arrested for reckless endangering, issued multiple traffic violations and was released at the scene.

BCSO said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. David Iverson at 541-230-0984 or david.iverson@co.benton.or.us.