Six people, including four children, are injured and one man is dead after a collision on Bradley Hill Sunday afternoon.
Oregon State Police troopers are continuing to investigate what led to the two-vehicle head-on crash on U.S. Highway 30 13 miles west of Clatskanie.
At 5:36 p.m., a Volkswagen driven by Lucas William Brown, 36, of Longview, Wash., was traveling east near milepost 74 when Brown crossed a double solid centerline and collided head-on with a Mini Cooper driven by Kimberly Anne Sultan, 42, of Astoria, who was traveling in the left westbound lane with Ivan Sultan, 44, Keanu Sultan, 16, and Emily R. Lloyd, 22 months, as passengers.
Brown was traveling with Noah Waite-Brown, 8, and Kane G. Brown, 7, both of Longview, Wash. Witness John Blake, who was travelling 15 seconds behind the Mini Cooper, contacted The Daily Astorian about what he had seen.
The Mini Cooper, he said, went around a curve. Seconds later I did also and discovered (it) had just been hit by a car going the other way, passing other cars across the double yellow line. Smoke or steam was billowing from the car. The woman driver was trapped behind the steering wheel.
Blake said, Witnesses earlier called the police about this car headed toward Longview driving 80 mph (and) passing.
The Astoria Dispatch log shows two traffic complaints from that area of the highway just minutes before the crash was reported. Oregon State Police have confirmed that those complaints were of Browns vehicle. One complaint was received at 5:26 p.m. near Svensen Market; the other at 5:33 p.m. from an unknown Highway 30 location.
Brown and Waite-Brown were LifeFlighted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with critical injuries. Brown died on arrival. Waite-Brown is still in critical condition at Randall Childrens Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.
Kane G. Brown was transported by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Kimberly Sultan was transported by ambulance to St. John Medical Center in Longview. She was transferred to Legacy Emanuel.
Ivan Sultan, Keanu Sultan and Lloyd were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. All were using seatbelts. Seatbelt use by the Volkswagens occupants is pending confirmation.
OSP troopers from the Astoria and St. Helens offices responded and are involved with the investigation. Knappa Fire District, Medix Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation are assisting.
The highway was closed for three hours.