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Man dies in single-car crash on Highway 47

Vernonia man pronounced deceased after hitting a tree

Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - A Vernonia man died in a single-car accident on Highway 47 when he left the roadway and struck a tree. Oregon State Police troopers are investigating a single-vehicle, single-fatality crash on Highway 47 near milepost 54.5, just north of Vernonia.

Vernonia resident Nathan J. Jackson, 36, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash, which occurred sometime before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Preliminary information indicates that for unknown reasons, Jackson was driving his grey 2008 Subaru Outback southbound on Highway 47 when he crossed the northbound lane, left the roadway and struck a tree.

Alcohol is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Vernonia Fire District and Mist Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District.

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