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Mountain crash leaves one dead, two injured

Fatal crash occurred Saturday, April 26


A crash that occurred on the morning of Saturday, April 26, on Highway 26 nine miles east of Government Camp left two men, one from Sandy, seriously injured, and one Gresham man dead.

At approximately 6 a.m. on April 26, Nathan J. Fletcher, 35, of Portland, was heading eastbound on Highway 26 in a Ford pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle due to icy road conditions.

Oregon State Police, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Hoodland Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the scene. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Nathan J. Fletcher lost control of his vehicle Saturday due to icy conditions. Oregon State Police, Hoodland Fire Department and other agencies responded.

According to Oregon State Police, the pickup spun and left the road, rolling down an embankment where it came to rest upside down, passenger side against a tree.

Robert Gene Brandow, 57, of Gresham, was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fletcher and Brandow’s son, Gene R. Brandow, 32, from Sandy, who was sitting in the back of the truck at the time of the crash, were critically injured. They were transported to Oregon Health and Sciences University by LifeFlight.

All three men were using seatbelts.

A representative from OHSU has confirmed that Fletcher has since been released from hospital care, while Gene R. Brandow is reported to be in fair condition.