On September 9, 2012 at approximately 2:20 p.m. a 1999 Ford Explorer with four occupants driven by an adult male was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 74 traveling downhill when it drifted off the roadway. The driver over-corrected and lost control causing the vehicle to roll 3 times before coming to rest on its wheels in the eastbound lane.
The driver was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries.
The three passengers received non-life threatening injuries. The adult female in the right front seat was transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital. A teenage male in the left rear seat was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital. A teenage female in the right rear seat was transported to St. Johns Medical Center.
OSP troopers from St. Helens and Astoria offices responded to the scene. Senior Trooper Robin May is the lead investigator. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
Westport Rural Fire Department, Clatskanie Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed about 45 minutes.