One person was injured Friday morning in a two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 30 west of St. Helens. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the crash that blocked the highway for about one hour. Speed and icy road conditions are contributing factors.
According to OSP Senior Trooper Robin May, on January 11, 2013 at approximately 7:28 a.m., a 2003 Ford F250 pickup driven by MATTHEW ANDERSON, age 16, from Deer Island, was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 30 in the right hand lane. The Ford pickup accelerated to pass another eastbound vehicle when ANDERSON lost control on the icy roadway. The pickup swung into the westbound lanes where it was struck in the right side by a westbound 2011 Ford Mustang driven by KAREN SIMMONS, age 45, from Warren.
SIMMONS was extricated from her car by Columbia River Fire & Rescue personnel. She was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
ANDERSON was not injured.
OSP was assisted at the scene by St. Helens Police Department, Columbia County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Columbia River Fire & Rescue. Senior Trooper May is the lead investigator and no citations issued at this time.