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Four dead in crash on US Highway 30

Family from Gig Harbor and South Korea

The Daily Astorian

Published on June 4, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on June 4, 2018 11:41AM

A fatal crash closed U.S. Highway 30 Friday morning.

Clatskanie Chief

A fatal crash closed U.S. Highway 30 Friday morning.

Four people were killed Friday morning in a crash that closed U.S. Highway 30 west of Bradley State Scenic Viewpoint.

A Honda minivan with eight people inside was westbound and attempted a left turn onto Shingle Mill Road near Clifton Road into the path of a Ford pickup truck towing an empty horse trailer. The driver said he was concerned that a large commercial truck was going to hit the van from behind, causing him to suddenly accelerate into the turn, according to Oregon State Police. The crash occurred about 10 a.m.

Four people in the minivan were killed and four were taken to hospitals. Two of those killed were from Gig Harbor, Washington — Yun Hee Lee, 44, and a juvenile male — and two were from South Korea — Soon Ja Lim, 71, and Jung Hee Lee, 39.

The driver of the van — Yong Gi Kim, 45, of Gig Harbor — was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Yoon Kyung Lee, 42, of South Korea, was taken to a Portland-area hospital by Life Flight, along with two more juveniles — one from South Korea and the other from Gig Harbor.

Occupants of the minivan appeared to be an extended family on the way to the beach, Oregon State Police Lt. Andrew Merila said.

Three people in the Ford F-450 pickup were also taken to hospitals. The driver — Stevie R. Smith, 21 — was taken by ambulance, along with Charlie A. Dockins, 25, and a juvenile passenger. Everyone who was in the pickup is from Roy, Washington.

Dockins, in a Facebook post, said Smith was her sister and they were traveling with her baby. “Thank goodness he was secured safely and properly,” she wrote.

The highway was reopened to traffic Friday afternoon.


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