Hillsboro Man Killed In Highway 18 Crash

A driver from Hillsboro was killed in a crash on Highway 18 early Tuesday morning.

Oregon State Police say 58-year-old Ulysses Reyes Semsem was driving his minivan eastbound on Highway 18 about 12 miles east of Highway 101 when he crossed the center line on a curve and hit a semi head-on.

Semsem died at the scene.

The FedEx commercial vehicle was driven by Ruby L. James, age 59, from Coos Bay, and came to rest approximately 75 feet down embankment and into creek feeding the Salmon River. The passenger of the FedEX was identified as Tony E. Kimber,age 54, from Yoncalla, Oregon. James and Kimber were transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital with minor injuries. 

The Highway was completely closed for five hours. 

A HazMat Team cleaned up a fuel and fluid spill from the commercial motor vehicle. 


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