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Scappoose man dies in Christmas Eve crash

Cornelius Pass Road closed after head-on collision


A head-on collision on Northwest Cornelius Pass Road claimed the life of a Scappoose man Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Police said Neil T. Schneider, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene after his car struck another vehicle between Northwest Kaiser Road and Northwest Skyline Boulevard while traveling north on Cornelius Pass Road.

“A Honda Civic crossed over the centerline, collided head-on with a Hyundai Sonata,” said Lt. Steve Alexander, spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the wreck.

Janie Edwards, 42, of Hillsboro, was identified as the driver of the southbound Hyundai. She was hospitalized with what Alexander described as “non-life-threatening injuries.”

The crash occurred at about 2:45 p.m., according to Alexander. He said witnesses reported seeing Schneider driving “erratically” before the crash.

“Alcohol may be a contributing factor,” Alexander said.

Conditions along Cornelius Pass Road were foggy Tuesday afternoon, but Alexander said weather does not appear to have been a major factor in the crash.

Cornelius Pass Road was closed between Kaiser Road and Skyline Boulevard for much of the day. It reopened at about 8 p.m.

Cornelius Pass Road connects Highway 30 south of Scappoose with the Washington County communities of Aloha, Beaverton and Hillsboro, and is a heavily trafficked commuter route.

The road has been closed due to traffic wrecks several times over the past year. Alexander said it was briefly closed Monday afternoon after a Chevrolet pickup truck rear-ended a semi-truck, and on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, it closed between Skyline Boulevard and Highway 30 for almost eight hours after a semi-truck overturned and spilled corn silage into the road.