According to Trooper Jace Hall, on August 1, 2012 at approximately 1:44 p.m., a 2003 Lexus four-door driven by DAVID A. WILSON, age 80, from Nehalem, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 63 completing a pass of a commercial motor vehicle when it traveled into the a guardrail along the northbound lane. The Lexus lost control, swerving in both lanes before colliding head-on with a northbound 2008 Winnebego motorhome driven by MARY M. SMART, age 67, from Des Moines, Iowa. A third vehicle, a northbound 2007 Ford Ranger pickup following the motorhome collided into the motorhome's side.
WILSON and passenger MARYBETH BACKLUND, age 74, from Nehalem, were both transported by ambulance to Tillamook County General Hospital with serious injuries. Both were then taken by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for further treatment. Both were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.
SMART and passenger CATHY HALVERSON, age 57, from Des Moines, received minor injury but were not transported. Both were using safety restraints.
The pickup's driver, MARK TAYLOR, age 65, from Bay City, was not injured. He was using safety restraints.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire District, Tillamook Ambulance, and ODOT.