A Mt. Vernon man died in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 east of Mitchell Saturday.

Oregon State Police Troopers responded to milepost 72.5 at 1:50 p.m, according to a press release.

The driver, Drew Knowles, 36, of Mt. Vernon was dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Knowles was driving a tan Toyota Tacoma, traveling eastbound on Highway 26 when, for unknown reasons, he left the roadway and traveled off a steep embankment.

Westbound traffic was closed for several hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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