Oregon State Police are investigating a crash that killed a driver Sunday evening on Highway 26 in Welches.
Around 6:15 p.m., 33-year-old Kevin Ludwig, of Southeast Portland, was driving eastbound on Highway 26 near the Mount Hood Village Resort.
A witness initially observed Ludwig traveling on the shoulder at approximate 5 mph, then for an unknown reason Ludwig accelerated eastbound in a diagonal manner crossing the westbound lanes of travel. Ludwig drove onto a soft shoulder and collided into a tree.
Ludwig sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash after lifesaving measures by medical personnel.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.