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Woman killed in Highway 26 wreck

Traffic in both directions was closed for hours

A woman who died during a Tuesday, Aug. 8, crash on Highway 26 about a mile west of Sandy has been identified as Carmen Delores Simancas, 35, of Boring.

She was driving east on Highway 26 west of Sandy between Southeast Kelso and Jarl roads at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, when her 2005 Toyota Camry, for an unknown reason, drifted across the eastbound centerline and clipped the right front side of an eastbound 1984 Mercedes 300SD, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

The woman lost control of the Camry, which crossed a paved median, entered the oncoming lanes of traffic and was hit broadside on the passenger side by a westbound Ford Explorer. Delores Simancas died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt.

Those in the Explorer - an adult female and three juvenile females - were transported to Oregon Health and Science University and Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center. They reportedly had non-life threatening injuries and their names have not been released, Hastings said.

Levi A. Ruiz, 31, of Sandy, who was driving the Mercedes, was not injured. His car sustained very minor damage.

Traffic in both directions of the highway was closed for two-and-a-half hours. One eastbound lane opened at about 6:20 p.m.

Oregon State Police troopers, with help from the Clackamas County Interagency crash investigation team, are investigating the crash.