Two killed in head-on crash east of Newport

Two killed in head-on crash east of Newport

From Oregon State Police:

A Toledo-area couple died and a third person was injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 20 about five miles east of Newport.  Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.  Names of the involved individuals are being released.

According to OSP Sergeant Justin McGladrey, on February 11, 2010 at approximately 4:55 p.m. a Subaru Forester driven by DEBRA A. SIMMONS, age 53, from Depoe Bay, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 5 when, for an undetermined reason, it crossed the centerline and crashed head-on with an eastbound Ford Ranger pickup occupied by two people.  After impact, the vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane and shoulder area.

Both occupants in the pickup were pronounced deceased at the scene.  They are identified as driver JOHN EUGENE HUNTER, age 57, and passenger DEBRA ANNETTE HUNTER, age 55, both from Toledo.

SIMMONS was transported by Pac West ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and then transferred by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Safety restraint use information is not available at this time.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police Department, Toledo Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene.  Highway 20 was closed about three hours with a detour established.

Photograph Source: Oregon State Police

Eariler reports:

Two people died and a third person was injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 20 about five miles east of Newport.  Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation, including confirmation of victims and completion of next of kin notification.  No names will be released until Friday when confirmation and notification has been done.

Preliminary information indicates on February 11, 2010 at approximately 4:55 p.m. a Subaru Forester driven by an adult female was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 5 when, for an undetermined reason, it crossed the centerline and crashed head-on with an eastbound Ford Ranger pickup occupied by two people.  After impact, the vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane.

Both occupants in the pickup, an adult male and adult female, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Subaru's driver was transported by Pac West ambulance to Newport Hospital and reportedly has been transferred to an unknown Portland area hospital.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police Department, Toledo Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene.  Highway 20 was closed about three hours with a detour established.

 

No other information or photographs for release tonight.

 

Transportation:
ODOT/Valley, No. Coast: All lanes are now open on US20 at milepost 5, just east of Newport, after an earlier crash. UPDATE
 
Oregon State Police: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 20 between Newport and Toledo near milepost 5 - Reported head-on crash will both lanes blocked - ODOT notified to assist with rerouting traffic - Emergency responders on scene - No more information to be released at this time - Traffic update information may be available at www.tripcheck.com .

From ODOT: A crash has closed US20 at milepost 5, just east of Newport. A detour is in place. Eastbound traffic will take John Nye Rd. to Old Bay Rd. Westbound traffic will be diverted at Toledo Jct. Expect lengthy delay for police investigation. TripCheck.com