Four crashes over the weekend caused six people to be transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital, hours of delays and backups through Astoria, where traffic was already thick with summer drivers.
Many travelers were detoured into nearby neighborhoods that are not designated for such traffic.
Some of the weekend crashes were preventable and could have been avoided, according to the Astoria Police Department.
Astoria Police are urging drivers to exercise defensive driving techniques, increase space between vehicles and ensure signaling in advance. In addition, police suggest slowing down, keeping windows clean and sunglasses nearby for early morning and evening driving when sunshine can impair driving.
The following is a detailed round-up of the weekend crashes:
• Tae Zerangue, 38, of Astoria, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry on Marine Drive at Exchange Street at 7:37 a.m. Saturday when he drove from a stop sign and crashed into a 2014 Toyota IQ. The driver of the Toyota was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with pain in her left shoulder. Both vehicles had to be removed from the scene by tow trucks. Officers were on scene for about 45 minutes.
• Richard Vanderburg, 57, of Astoria, was traveling north on 17th Street near Marine Drive at 1:40 p.m. Saturday in a 1993 Nissan pickup when he appeared to suffer a medical crisis and lost control of his vehicle, according to Astoria Police. Vanderburg struck a 2008 Honda and a 2012 Dodge Pickup. Vanderburg was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital. Officers were on scene, assisted by the Astoria Fire Department, Oregon State Police and the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office for more than an hour. Traffic was restricted and began rerouting to residential neighborhoods and through the parking lot of the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
• A 1999 Honda CRV, driving by Travis Brown, 34, of Portland, was struck by a 1998 Chevy Tracker at 8:02 a.m. Saturday near Lief Erickson Drive west of 54th Street. Brown was attempting to make an illegal U-turn when he was hit by the Chevy, driven by Serena Goniwich, 19, of Warrenton. Four occupants of the two vehicles were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with noncritical injuries. Both vehicles were removed from the scene. Heavy traffic was restricted and detoured through the Alderbrook neighborhood. Officers were on scene for more than an hour. Brown was cited for careless driving.
• At 1:33 p.m. Sunday, Astoria Police responded to a two vehicle noninjury crash on Lief Erickson Drive at 33rd Street. A 34-year-old-driver from Astoria failed to notice traffic was stopped ahead and rear-ended the other vehicle, according to Astoria Police. Traffic was slowed while officers assisted the drivers in exchanging information and removing their vehicles.