hwy 26 crash

A tow truck prepares to transport a car damaged in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near Mt. Vernon Thursday morning.

A driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 just west of Mt. Vernon on Thursday, Oct. 14.

The crash happened about a mile west of town shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday.

According to the Oregon State Police, a Toyota Prius was traveling east on the highway when it drifted off the road, went out of control and crashed into a concrete bridge structure near milepost 152.

The driver, Janet Nevels, 73, of Garden Valley, Idaho, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead, OSP said in a news release Friday afternoon.

The highway was closed for about an hour.

Emergency crews from multiple agencies responded. OSP was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, John Day Police Department, Blue Mountain EMTs, Mt. Vernon Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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