Two Seaside teenagers were treated for minor injuries after their car crashed into the Neawanna River at the intersection of Wahanna and Lewis and Clark roads around 11:16 p.m. Monday.
When first responders arrived at the scene, they were told that two males were spotted in the river as the car began to submerge. The two men, both 18, were out of the water and on the river bank when Seaside police arrived. The driver, Jordan Thompson, and his passenger, Norman Terrill, were taken to Providence Seaside Hospital, where they were treated and released. Seaside police said Terrill stated he drove into the river because he did not see the stop sign.
Officers from the Seaside Police Department are conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash. Seaside Chief of Police Bob Gross said there was no indication that alcohol was involved. Police are awaiting lab result to determine if any drugs were involved. Once toxicology results are obtained the case will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for review and charges, Gross said.
Members of the Seaside Fire Department also responded to the crash scene and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted by conducting a fly-over and search of the river and river banks, between the bridge on highway 101 near Creekside Pizza, south to 12th Avenue, looking for the vehicle. But the water was rising with the incoming tide and the vehicle wasn't located until this morning, when it was found and removed with the assistance of the Clatsop County Dive Team.