PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bus driver carrying 46 Army National Guard members may face 47 separate charges, including DUII, after crashing in Manzanita early Monday morning.
The bus was traveling from Camp Rilea on Hwy 101 around 7 a.m. when the crash happened, the Oregon State Police said. The driver, identified as Kenneth Alexander of Vancouver, missed the turn onto Hwy 26 outside Seaside but said he knew the route to their destination in Portland.
Investigators said the passengers became concerned as the driver seemed impaired and used his cell phone just as he lost control and crashed into a sidewalk.
None of the National Guard members were hurt. They stayed at Manzanita City Hall until another bus arrived to take them to Portland.
The 44-year-old driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The District Attorney’s Office in Tillamook County will look at the case to see if charges of DUII and 46 counts of reckless endangering are warranted.