Eleven vehicles and at least eighteen collisions. The accident on Highway 26 Tuesday that closed the road for four and half hours may have all started with a drunken driver.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday morning's multi-vehicle injury crash on Highway 26 near the Quartz Creek Bridge in Clatsop County. Various secondary crashes occurred in the immediate area due to icy road conditions. Names of all involved will be released at a later time as OSP troopers are still compiling that information.
Authorities now say Highway 26 is closed indefinitely after a very large accident involving up to as many as 12 vehicles including a tanker truck. When emergency crews arrived shortly after 9:15 this morning they reported two vehicles on fire. A local Hazmat team has responded. 3 ambulances on scene had to wait for the fires to be put out before moving in and there are reports of 6 injuries thus far. Intital responding departments included Elsie, Banks, Seaside, and Hamlet. Oregon State Police are also on the scene conducting the investigation into the cause of the crash, or crashes. The accident happened at milepost 24 at Quartz Creek . Police urge people to avoid the area and a detour route has been set up using highway 47 and highway 201.
A recess from rain! Other than some morning fog expect sun today and tomorrow with highs edging up into the mid and upper 50s. Offshore wind from the east and northeast at 5-10 mph will help keep us dry at least through Thursday, although I see more clouds arriving by then. Look for a chance of rain showers returning Friday. Lows drop into the 40s.
-KAST 1370 Meteorologist Rick Van Cise
On Sunday, April 6th, the North Coast Big Band will present a jazz concert at 2 P.M. to benefit the Performing Arts Center at 16th and Franklin. Admission will be $10.00. Band leader Lee Stromquist says, " This is a concert where everyone will hear familiar enjoyable easy listening music of the past, through the music of today, including many new updated arrangements".
Clatsop Community Action (CCA) has received $15,000 in project funding from the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization to assist with basic living needs as part of its Community Wellness program. The CCA funds will be leveraged with other resources to help approximately 48 Clatsop County families maintain housing to avoid homelessness. It also will help move people who now are homeless into safe, stable housing and acquire needed health services.
Visitors to three north coast beaches designated as snowy plover management areas will be making some changes to aid in the recovery of the western snowy plover, a small shorebird native to the Oregon coast. The bird is protected under state law and under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The three areas are the Clatsop Spit along the Columbia River South Jetty, Necanicum Spit, adjacent to the town of Gearhart in Clatsop County, and Nehalem Spit in Tillamook County.
Oregon State Police say they are actually not sure who was driving the Honda Passport involved in a serious injury accident Friday night on Highway 30 about eight miles east of Astoria. Lieutenant Andrew Merila told KAST News Tuesday that the suspect identified in the official report as 41 year-old Justine L. McGee of Chinook, Washington is not the only suspect.
On March 1 2014 Astoria Police responded to a reported hit and run near the intersection of Olney and West Marine Drive. The suspect vehicle was reported to have continued traveling south on Highway 105 across the Old Young's Bay Bridge. Police found three vehicles with substantial damage parked near the apartments at 1400 Marine Drive. Based on witness descriptions and parts left behind at the scene Police were able to develop a good description of the suspect vehicle.
The public is invited to a community open house to learn more about and provide feedback on the newly released final draft of the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Rilea Headquarters Auditorium. This plan, a collaborative project of Clatsop County and multiple public and private partners, aims to implement appropriate strategies from the 2010 Joint Land Use Study that was undertaken to promote long-term compatibility with Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center.