Release: Fatal crash on Highway 26 in Washington County

From Oregon State Police, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 12:06 p.m.

On Sunday, October 17, 2021, at approximately 3:03 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 48.

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Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound GMC Sierra, operated by Brian Masters (39) of Beaverton, crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a Kia Soul, operated by Lisa Lawson (68) of Seaside.

Lawson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. The passenger in the Kia Soul, Jay Lawson (73) of Seaside, was transported to an area hospital with injuries. Brian Masters and passenger Leila Masters (36) of Beaverton, were transported to an area hospital.

Hwy 26 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro Police Department, Banks Fire Department and ODOT.

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