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Monday Fatal

Posted on 3rd July 2013 at 16:56

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is releasing details on a fatal car crash that took place Monday afternoon on the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway, about four miles outside of Vernonia. Yuriy Zagorulko, 31, of Portland was declared dead at the scene, after the SUV he was driving collided head-on with a pickup driven by Kennedy Ragsdale, 40, of Vernonia. Deputies say that Zagorulko’s SUV somehow went off the roadway, then came back and crossed into the oncoming lane, where it crashed into Ragsdale’s pickup. Ragsdale and two passengers in Zagorulko’s rig were injured; all three were taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Deputies say it appears that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.