A Longview, Wash., man died and seven others, including four children, were injured in a head-on collision on Highway 30 in Clatsop County Sunday night.
The crash occurred after 5:30 p.m., about 13 miles west of Clatskanie. According to Oregon State Police (OSP), a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta failed to negotiate a curve, and traveled into an oncoming lane, crashing head-on into a 2003 Mini Cooper.
The Jetta was carrying a man and two children. The driver, 36-year-old Lucas Brown of Longview, Wash., was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where he died from his injuries. One of the children, 8-year-old Noah Waite-Brown was airlifted to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, where he was last reported to be in critical condition, OSP disclosed. Seven-year-old Kane G. Brown was initially taken by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, then transferred to Oregon Health & Science University. He is expected to survive.
OSP reports that the four occupants of the Mini had to be extricated. The driver, 42-year-old Kimberly Anne Sultan of Astoria, was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview. She was then transferred to Legacy Emanuel in critical condition. Meanwhile, the three passengers, including a 22-month-old girl, were taken to Columbia Memorial with minor injuries.
OSP is investigating what exactly caused the crash.
The highway was closed for about three hours while emergency responders cleared the scene.
All over Salem and parts of Marion County, road conditions were still hazardous Friday night with even the main roads coated with a layer of ice and snow.
A Marion County deputy and the man he was chasing were both wounded by gunfire in a Christmas tree field in Silverton Friday afternoon.
An arrest warrant was issued for a 40-year-old man with a glass eye for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Oregon City.
The season's first big snow storm hit the region Friday, closing schools and shutting down roads.