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Hunter Killed, Roads Hazardous As Storm Lashes Ore. Coast

OPB | Nov. 19, 2012 2:15 p.m. | Portland

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Semi rolled over on the Astoria Megler Bridge.

Semi rolled over on the Astoria Megler Bridge.

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A strong coastal storm has claimed the life of an elk hunter, 52-year-old Nathan Christiansen of Seattle. He died instantly when a tree fell on his tent Monday morning.

Lou Torres, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, says falling trees have closed several roads, and made travel dangerous.

“We’re having a lot of trees go down on some of our coastal routes, U.S. 26 in particular, and its just very hazardous out there and dangerous for motorists. So we’re just kind of asking folks to wait a few hours or at least `til the storm system has gone through.”

U.S. 26 re-opened Monday afternoon between U.S. 101 and milepost 10 after a number of downed trees and power lines had closed that section of roadway since the morning.

But Torres says it’s important for drivers not to use the roads for now, so that emergency responders can get to areas in need of assistance quickly. Earlier in the day, the Astoria-Megler bridge was closed after a semi rolled over on it. The bridge remains closed until a tow truck can clear the road later this afternoon.

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