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One dead, one injured in traffic crash near Damascus

One man was killed Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9, in a two-car, head-on traffic collision on Highway 224 near Damascus that also left another driver with serious injuries.

Oregon State Police troopers and Clackamas County sheriff's deputies responded to the collision around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 224 east of Tong Road near milepost 11 in the Damascus area.

Witnesses said a red 1986 Volkswagen Scirocco, driven by Canby resident James Nelson, 43, was eastbound on Highway 224 at a high rate of speed. Reportedly, the Volkswagen had just passed two vehicles over double yellow lines and on a curve when the driver lost control and the Volkswagen began to fishtail sideways. The Volkswagen slid sideways into the westbound lane, where it collided with a silver 1989 Nissan pickup, driven by Thomas Hickey Jr., 69, of Portland, according to officials.

Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene. Hickey Jr. was taken to Oregon Health and Science University with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Highway 224 was closed in both directions for about three hours while the collision was investigated.

State police troopers are continuing to investigate. They were assisted at the scene by sheriff's deputies, Boring Fire personnel, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office.