Jeep hits semi on icy Oregon highway

Jeep hits semi on icy Oregon highway

TOLEDO, Ore. -- Ice roads contributed to a nearly head-on crash that critically injured a woman and injured three other people early Tuesday morning.

The accident happened when Michael F. Meyer, 62, of Lincoln City, Ore., lost control of the 2005 Jeep he was driving on an icy stretch of Highway 20 near Toledo, Ore., according to Oregon State Police.

OSP said the Jeep collided nearly head-on with a semi truck loaded with grocery products. After the impact, the Jeep hit a guardrail before coming to a stop in the center of the highway.

The commercial truck came to a stop off the highway.

Meyer received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital. His wife, Christine Meyer, 59, was critically injured and transported first to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital then taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.

The truck's driver, Gary G. Lamont, 34, from Tacoma, Wash., and passenger John R. Cole, 36, of Lakewood, Wash., were both transported to Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital with minor injuries.

All persons were using safety restraints.

Highway 20 was closed for about three hours with a detour established before being opened to one lane.  All lanes were opened about 2:45 p.m.