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Man dies in 99W crash near Monroe

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MONROE — The Benton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Friday on Highway 99W just north of Monroe. 

Authorities said a man was driving north on Highway 99W about a mile north of town when he lost control of his Ford Bronco for unknown reasons, overcorrected and went off the east side of the highway.

The sport-utility vehicle rolled and came to rest on its side in the ditch, with heavy front- and rear-end damage.

The driver, who so far has been identified only as a Monroe man, was killed in the crash.

There were no passengers in the Bronco, and no other vehicles were involved in the wreck. 

Sheriff's investigators had not yet released the man's name or age or information on the cause of the accident as of Friday night, but Undersheriff Greg Ridler said that "there is nothing in the crash that was suspicious."

Three vehicles from the Monroe Fire Department responded to the crash site, where firefighters worked to stabilize the Bronco and used heavy-duty cutting tools to get the driver out of his mangled truck, but there were no signs of life, Monroe Fire Chief Rick Smith said.

"He was pronounced (dead) on scene," Smith said.

The Corvallis Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted at the scene, and a REACH rescue helicopter was dispatched before it was determined that the driver had died.

No further information was available at presstime Friday.

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