'This could be a lengthy closure': Fatal crash closes Oregon Hwy 22

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One person died at the scene of a 3-car crash in the Santiam Canyon near Gates on Highway 22 near Gates, Oregon, on Monday afternoon. (OSP)

GATES, Ore. - One person is dead after a 3-vehicle crash that closed Highway 22 in the Santiam Canyon on Monday, about 4 miles east of Gates.

"This could be a lengthy closure," the Oregon DOT said at 2:30 p.m. "Travelers should avoid the area, use an alternative route or expect long delays."

An investigation shows that a 2004 Honda Civic, operated by Eric Ellis, 57, of Detroit was eastbound on Hwy 22E when it went into the westbound lane and sideswiped a 2012 Ford PU pulling a travel trailer, operated by Owen Barth, 48, of Dallas.

The Honda Civic continued and hit a 2014 GMC PU, operated by Ryan Wolvert (41) of Oregon City.

Oregon State Police said the crash happened around 1:30 p.m.

"One person has sustained fatal injuries and has been pronounced deceased at the scene," state police said in a statement.

At 3:30 p.m., ODOT said some vehicles were getting through the scene.

"Law enforcement is conducting a reconstruction and investigation. There is no easy detour. However, some smaller vehicles are being flagged around the site using the Niagra Park parking lot. Travelers should avoid the area or expect delays."

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