Highway 26 back open after Tuesday night closure

Highway 26 closure 12-27-22

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check website indicated that Highway 26 was back open Wednesday morning after a 60-mile stretch was closed Tuesday night due to a crash, wind and multiple downed trees.

(Conditions can change quickly. Be sure to check the ODOT Trip Check website for the latest road closures and detours)

The initial closure, reported Tuesday afternoon, stretched between Madras and Highway 35. Later, the boundaries were moved between Warm Springs and Rhododendron.

A driver was killed when a tree fell and struck their vehicle, KATU reported, citing Oregon State Police. The report cited that crash as one of the reasons for the closure.

Road crews worked through the night to clear the highway, but ODOT said Tuesday night that trees were still coming down in the high winds from the storm that was rolling through.

As of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Trip Check website indicated the closure had been lifted.

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