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Serious highway crashes cause injuries

Six people taken to the hospital
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on December 21, 2017 10:20AM

Last changed on December 21, 2017 11:16AM

Three highway crashes occurred Wednesday night, two of which were due to icy roads.

A 2016 Kenworth semitruck collided with a 2003 Chevrolet pickup on U.S. Highway 26 near the Sunset Rest Area about 4:30 p.m., causing the pickup to catch fire.

The truck was traveling west in the slow lane and hauling a trailer loaded with fuel. The driver of the pickup — traveling east — lost control, crossed the center line, struck the semitruck, rotated back across the highway and came to rest on the eastbound shoulder.

Onlookers pulled the driver — Daniel James Wells, 28, of Beaverton — from the pickup as it became engulfed in flames. Elsie Fire and Rescue then extinguished the fire. Both Wells and the passenger — Aaron Daniel Sullivan, 28, of Tigard — were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to Oregon State Police.

A little more than an hour later near the same spot, the driver of a Toyota Camry traveling westbound lost control, skidded off the roadway and rolled. Three other passengers were in the car, including two young children. Minor injuries were reported.

A man was hauling hay and traveling west on U.S. Highway 30 near Bradley Wayside when the trailer became detached just after 5 p.m. The trailer then collided with another car traveling eastbound. The eastbound car sustained significant damage, and the driver and three passengers were taken to a hospital.

The driver hauling hay and one passenger were uninjured. State police cited the uninjured driver for failure to keep in the right lane and failure to renew registration.


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