A crash Monday morning on the Youngs Bay Bridge sent four people to the hospital and closed the bridge to traffic for at least an hour.
The 11:40 a.m. accident happened when James L. Hopkins, 33, of Astoria, attempted to pass a vehicle in front of him as he was leaving the Astoria roundabout, headed toward Warrenton, Astoria Police Sgt. David Logsdon said. The 1998 Camaro Hopkins was driving crossed into the opposite lane, struck an oncoming full-size pickup truck head-on, then spun around and struck the pickup again, this time on the side.
Hopkins, and a passenger, Melinda L. Reinke, 49, the owner of the car, were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital. Another passenger, 4-year-old Raelee Hopkins, who had been in a child safety restraint, was taken to CMH for evaluation. The driver of the pickup, Steven Patrick Eudaly, 56, of Portland, was not injured. His wife, Roberta Eudaly, 58, was treated at CMH for minor injuries. Both vehicles were totaled.
Sgt. Logsdon said James Hopkins faces a charge of reckless driving.