On Sunday, June 30, 2019 at approximately 2:28 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a report of two vehicle crash on Hwy 36 near milepost 36.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a Dodge pickup, operated by Josh Berlanga (36) of Junction City, was traveling west on Hwy 36 when for an unknown reason crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with an eastbound white Ford pickup, operated by Patrick Gulick (73) of Blachly, OR.
Both drivers were transported via air ambulance with life threatening injuries.
Gulick was later pronounced deceased at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.
Hwy 36 was closed for about 4 1/2 hours. OSP was assisted by Junction City Fire Department, Lane County Fire Department, and ODOT.