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West Linn man killed in Highway 101 crash Friday

A West Linn man was killed in a single vehicle crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 101 on the night of Friday, May 29.

At 8:33 p.m. on Friday, Tillamook County 911 received a complaint of a possible drunk driver. Oregon State Police and Tillamook County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to locate the 2005 Volkswagen Jetta when the vehicle was reported in a traffic crash near milepost Z48, authorities said.

Jeffrey A. Barnwell, 26, of West Linn and the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead after police arrived on scene at 8:47 p.m.

Evidence showed Barnwell’s vehicle was headed south on Highway 101 when the vehicle left the road, went over an embankment and struck a tree. The vehicle collided with the tree about 15 feet off the ground.

OSP is leading an investigation into the crash assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, Tillamook Fire, Burden’s Towing and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The highway was closed for a short time on Friday while authorities recovered the vehicle.

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