One man was killed and another injured in a head-on crash in south Benton County on Tuesday afternoon.
The wreck occurred about 1:15 p.m. near the intersection of Alpine and Foster roads, just west of the unincorporated community of Alpine.
A blue Chevrolet pickup truck heading east on Alpine crossed the centerline near the intersection with Foster and collided with a westbound flatbed truck, according to information from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
The flatbed came to rest in the ditch beside the westbound lane, while the pickup ended up in the middle of the road. Both vehicles had massive front-end damage.
The driver of the blue Chevy pickup was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the flatbed was airlifted by Life Flight helicopter to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with injuries that were believed to be serious but not life-threatening, the Sheriff’s Office said. Neither truck was carrying any passengers.
The names of the two drivers were not immediately available.
Speed appears to have played a role in the accident, but there are no signs that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors, Undersheriff Greg Ridler said.
The road was closed on either side of the scene and traffic was being detoured via Bellfountain and Williams roads while deputies investigated the crash. The road was expected to reopen by late Tuesday afternoon.
Monroe Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.