On Monday, March 19, 2018 at approximately 2:15PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 west of Banks in Washington County. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1998 VW Passat was traveling westbound on Hwy 26. The VW was slowing and coming to a stop in a painted median, preparing to turn left into a local business. The VW was operated by 55 year old Mitchel BRANING, from Banks. A silver 2002 BMW 3 series was also traveling westbound on Hwy 26 when it left its lane, crossing into the painted median where it rear-ended the VW. The BMW was operated by 86 year old George Henry FLEERLAGE, from Portland. BRANING and FLEERLAGE were the only occupants in their respective vehicles.
BRANING was transported by ground ambulance to Tuality Hillsboro Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. FLEERLAGE was pronounced deceased at the scene. A medical emergency and lack of safety restraint use is being considered as factors in this fatality.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by Banks Fire, Washington County SO and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Hwy 26 was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately four hours as this investigation was completed.
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