Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a late Friday night single vehicle fatal traffic crash on the eastbound off ramp from Highway 30 to the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Rainier. The crash resulted in the death of a Longview, Washington man. On January 10, 2014 at approximately 11:26 p.m., OSP was requested by Rainier Police Department to respond to the scene of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on the eastbound off ramp from Highway 30 to the Lewis and Clark Bridge near milepost 49.
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Chevrolet S10 pickup driven by Mark Ross Vanzanten, age 41, from Longview, Washington, was traveling eastbound and began to take the off ramp at a high rate of speed for the approaching sharp left curve. The pickup continued straight off the roadway, impacted a rock face embankment and rolled onto its top.
Vanzanten was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was not using safety restraints. OSP troopers from the St. Helens and Astoria offices responded to the scene. Trooper Billy Bush is the lead investigator. OSP was assisted at the scene by Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Rainier Police Department, and Rainier Fire Department. Cowlitz County, Washington Sheriff's Office assisted with next of kin notifications.