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Man Dies in Crash on Highway 30 near Knappa‏

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Fatal crash investigation

(ASTORIA, Ore.) - Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of an Astoria-area man shortly after midnight on Highway 30 in the Knappa area.

According to OSP Lieutenant Duane Stanton, police, fire and medical agencies were notified early this morning at 12:03 AM of a single vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 82.

Their preliminary investigation indicates a 2009 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by 21-year old Robert James Rankin of Astoria, was eastbound on Hillcrest Loop when it failed to negotiate a curve.

The pickup reportedly left the roadway, crashed through a guardrail and continued airborne over a 50 foot embankment where it rolled and came to rest on its driver's side onto Highway 30.

Mr. Rankin was pronounced deceased at the scene. Safety restraint use information is not available.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Knappa/Stevenson EMS, Medics, and ODOT assisted at the scene.

Highway 30 was closed about two hours.

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Anonymous October 3, 2012 11:12 am (Pacific time)

was alcohol involved? or did he fall asleep at the wheel?

friend of the Robert's sister September 28, 2011 10:01 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Robert, we all love and miss you. Its sad to read this. I know iris misses you more thank you could ever believe, she always talks about you and her pain of losing you. Help her stay strong and give her the reminders that you still watch over her. Take care, I know you still contact your family through dreams and old habits. Ive been told. Sleep well Robert sincerely, An unknown friend :)

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