OSP: 2 die in crash at US Hwy 101 near Rockaway Beach


The highway was closed for several hours Saturday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon State Police have announced a fatal crash occurred on US Highway 101 Saturday which caused the road to be shut down for several hours.

At about 1:01 p.m. Saturday, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Hwy 101 near milepost 53.

Preliminary investigation found a Ford Clubwagon van, operated by Robert Muzzy, 69, of Nehalem, was southbound and went into the northbound lane, colliding with a Nissan Rogue operated by Leeanna Sutton, 63, of Rockaway Beach.

Muzzy and Sutton both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Rockaway Beach Fire Department, Rockaway Beach Police Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

ODOT said Saturday U.S. Hwy 101, two miles south of Rockaway Beach, is now open following a crash that closed the highway in both directions for several hours.

Officials earlier Saturday said it would be a lengthy closure for a law enforcement investigation and reconstruction in the area.

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