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Two dead in fatal car crash near Vernonia

Beaverton man, Hillsboro woman found dead at scene.

Two people died in a near head-on collision that closed Highway 47 about nine miles south of Vernonia on Wednesday.

According to Oregon State Police, Kelly Fultz, 39, of Hillsboro and 58-year-old Tim Marshall, of Beaverton, died on July 13 after the two crashed while driving along the winding stretch of rural highway.

Police say Fultz was driving her Ford F-150 along Highway 47 near milepost 69 when she crossed the center line on a curved section of the highway and struck a passing pickup truck, driven by Marshall.

The two trucks careened to a stop in the southbound lane and shoulder, according to Oregon State Police. When emergency crews arrived at the scene of the crash, the two trucks were fully engulfed in flames. The two drivers were inside their vehicles and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say speed and distracted driving may have contributed to the crash.

There were no passengers and no one else was hurt.

Oregon State Police ask any witnesses who may have left the scene before police arrived to contact the dispatch enter at 503.375.3555.