Fatal crash closes Hwy 101 south of Cannon Beach

CANNON BEACH, Ore. - A fatal crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian has closed U.S. 101 in both directions between Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.

Police expect the closure to last up to 2 hours.

Motorists should avoid the area and use alternative routes, or expect long delays, transportation officials said.

Police released this information Wednesday evening:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that resulted in the death of an adult female on Highway 101 north of Arch Cape. Names will be released later. The victim's next of kin have not been notified.

According to Sergeant Andrew Merila, on February 27, 2013 at approximately 1:15 p.m., a 2013 Dodge Challenger driven by a 29-year old male was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 34 when a female reportedly walking along the northbound shoulder jumped into the traffic lane and was struck by the car. The female pedestrian was declared deceased at the scene. The car's driver was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. With the assistance of the Clatsop County Medical Examiner, the woman has been identified and is not an area resident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Beach Police Department, Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue, Medix Ambulance, and ODOT.

Highway 101 was closed about 90 minutes before one lane was open for traffic. All lanes were open about 30 minutes later.