The Daily Astorian

Five people were seriously injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle head-on traffic crash on U.S. Highway 26 about eight miles east of U.S. Highway 101 in Clatsop County. Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation.

Preliminary investigation indicates at 9:15 a.m., a 1990 Subaru Legacy four-door driven by Samuel M. Kitto, 19, from Astoria, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 8.

For an unknown reason, the Subaru traveled across the centerline where an approaching eastbound 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by Karen E. Anderson, 27, from Eugene, took evasive action to the right. Both vehicles collided head-on near the eastbound lane fog line.

Anderson received minor injuries. Her passenger, Audrey Ziebelman, 56, residence not available, received serious injuries. Both were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. Ziebelman was not admitted. They were using safety restraints and airbags that deployed.

Kitto received serious injuries. He was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he is in stable condition

Three passengers in the Subaru were also seriously injured. They are identified as right front passenger Jacob Engbretson, 19, rear seat passenger Dylan R. Rabell, 19; and, 16-year old juvenile female passenger whose name is not available. The passengers were taken directly or transferred to Portland-area hospitals. Engbretson is in stable condition. Their city of residences is not available. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Jessie Spurlock is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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