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National Guardsman killed in crash in Columbia County

The 29-year-old was struck by a pickup truck on U.S. 30 Sunday night. (Austin De Dios/

A 29-year-old National Guardsman died Sunday after getting out of his Humvee on U.S. 30, Oregon State Police said in a statement Monday.

The man, Gonzalo Martinez III of Cleveland, Texas, exited a stopped Humvee that had been headed east to help with a mechanical issue in another military vehicle going the opposite direction. That vehicle had pulled over in the westbound shoulder near milepost 60 around 6:23 p.m.

A man in a Chevrolet pickup truck also headed east hit and killed Martinez and then crashed into the parked Humvee, police said.

Police identified the driver as 72-year-old Richard Erickson of Clatskanie. Martinez and Erickson were taken to St. John’s Hospital in Longview, where Martinez was pronounced dead. Erickson is in stable condition, police said.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.


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