Five people were seriously injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle head-on traffic crash on Highway 26 about eight miles east of Highway 101 in Clatsop County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.
Preliminary investigation indicates on July 21, 2013 at approximately 9:15 a.m., a 1990 Subaru Legacy four-door driven by SAMUEL M. KITTO, age 19, from Astoria, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 8. For an unconfirmed reason, the Subaru traveled across the centerline where an approaching eastbound 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by KAREN E. ANDERSON, age 27, from Eugene, took evasive action to the right. Both vehicles collided head-on near the eastbound lane fog line.
ANDERSON received minor injuries. Her passenger, AUDREY ZIEBELMAN, age 56, residence not available, received serious injuries. Both were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. They were using safety restraints and airbags that deployed.
KITTO received serious injuries. He was initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
Three passengers in the Subaru were also seriously injured. They are identified as right front passenger JACOB ENGBRETSON, age 19; rear seat passenger DYLAN R. RABELL, age 19; and, 16-year old juvenile female passenger whose name is not available. The passengers were taken directly or transferred to Portland-area hospitals. Their city of residences is not available at this time. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Jessie Spurlock is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department, and ODOT.