Former sheriff injured in head-on collision on Hwy 101

Former sheriff injured in head-on collision on Hwy 101
Photo courtesy of the Oregon State Police.

NEAR TILLAMOOK, Ore. - The former sheriff of Tillamook County and a passenger he had in his car were badly injured following a head-on collision with a motorhome on Highway 101.

The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday north of Tillamook.

According to the Oregon State Police, 80-year-old David Wilson was headed southbound on Highway 101 when he made a move to pass a commercial motor vehicle and hit a guardrail in the northbound lane. Wilson lost control of his Lexus and struck a Winnebago motorhome head-on. A third vehicle, a Ford Ranger pickup, crashed into the side of the motorhome.

Both Wilson and his passenger, 74-year-old MaryBeth Backlund, were transported to Tillamook County General Hospital with serious injuries. They were later flown by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for further treatment.

A 67-year-old woman from Iowa was the driver of the motorhome. She and her passenger, a 57-year-old woman, also from Iowa, ended up with minor injuries and were not transported to a hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck that hit the side of the motorhome, a 65-year-old man from Bay City, was not hurt.

According to the Oregon State Police, all of the people involved in the crash were using safety restraints.