An Albany man was killed in a near-head-on crash on Old Salem Road in Millersburg at about 11:11 a.m. Tuesday.

Grant Thomas Hromas was 50.

Hromas was driving a 1978 Chevrolet El Camino that left the southbound lane of travel and crossed completely into the northbound lane near Kathryn Avenue. The El Camino and a 2013 Hyundia Elantra crashed nearly head-on, according to a Linn County Sheriff’s Office news release.  

The driver of the Hyundai, Gayle Dean Hess, 83, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Samaritan Albany General Hospital by the Albany Fire Department.

Authorities are unsure what caused Hromas to leave his lane of travel. There are no indications of drug or alcohol use at this time.

Hromas, however, was not wearing his seatbelt.

This was the second fatal crash in less than 24 hours in the Millersburg area for the Linn County Sheriff's Office, and in both instances, the driver that died was not wearing a seatbelt.

On Monday afternoon, a Jefferson man was killed in a single vehicle rollover crash on Century Drive, just across Interstate 5 from Millersburg.

The Albany Police Department, the Linn County Road Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted in the response to Tuesday’s crash.

The wreck remains under investigation by authorities.

Kyle Odegard

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