Crash claims life of Newberg High School junior
17-year-old dies Saturday afternoon in single-vehicle crash
DUNDEE — A 17-year-old Newberg High School junior was killed about 5:15 p.m. Saturday in a single-vehicle crash on Northeast Fox Farm Road near Hidden Springs Road.
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Alex Neel Weiler of 949 Seventh St.
Capt. Tim Svenson of the sheriff's office gave this account:
Weiler, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, was southbound on Fox Farm Road toward Highway 99W. He lost control as he was negotiating a sharp "S" corner.
"He went off the side of the road, overcorrected, shot across the road and sideswiped a tree," Svenson said. "When he did that it caused a fuel line to snap and there was a fire.
"Witnesses, a passerby and a Newberg-Dundee police officer arrived within minutes and reported smoke and fire coming from the vehicle," Svenson said. "Attempts were made to get him out."
The rescue attempt included breaking windows out of the vehicle, but responding individuals were driven back by the heat and smoke of the fire, according to the captain.
Speed and slick road conditions contributed to the crash, Sheriff Jack Crabtree said.
In addition to the sheriff's office and Newberg-Dundee police, the Newberg and Dundee fire departments and Oregon State Police responded. The county's Victim and Witness Services Program handled family notifications.