Traffic accident• Michael Alan Buchan, 57, of Vernonia, was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on Timber Road in Vernonia, Oregon State Police reported. At 3:51 p.m., Buchan rounded a curve too fast, OSP said, causing his SUV to run off the road and hit a tree, then spin around and come to rest on top of another tree. Buchan was air-lifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where he was in critical condition Monday afternoon. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office was called to reconstruct the crash.

Chimney fire• The fire department in Cannon Beach responded at noon Saturday to a chimney flue fire at 179 E. Elliott Way. There was no damage done, but the owner was advised to clean the chimney. Fire Marshal Mike Graham said all chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year to get rid of creosote buildup.

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