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Emergency likely cause of fatal crash

by: Courtesy photo, Investigators believe 52-year-old Robert McKinney crashed his truck off Highway 30 Monday because of a likely medical emergency.

Police believe a medical emergency may have caused a May 7 crash that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old St. Helens man on Highway 30.

Robert Earl McKinney died at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland after veering off the right shoulder of the highway around noon near Columbia City and down a 75-foot embankment. Oregon State Police officials said he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. McKinney was given CPR at the crash scene.

A preliminary investigation led by OSP Senior Trooper Randy Fargher indicates a medical emergency may have factored into the crash.

An on-duty Columbia River Fire and Rescue firefighter saw the 1990 Chevrolet S10 pickup pulling a small trailer leave the highway and called 9-1-1.

McKinney was using a seat belt and the vehicle had only minor damage.