Driver killed in Highway 20 crash

A Sweet Home man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash on Highway 20, near milepost 17.

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at approximately 1:10 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 17, east of Weirich Drive and Fir Lane.

According to the OSP, preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Journey, operated by Christopher Pritchard, 32, of Sweet Home, was eastbound, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a Dodge Ram pickup towing a utility trailer operated by Jose Maciel-Gomez, 22, of Albany.

Pritchard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Maciel-Gomez and his passenger, Jose Maciel-Chavez, 54, of Albany, were transported to the hospital.

OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Fire Department and ODOT.

OSP is requesting anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or *OSP and refer to case # SP21-104208