Jan 112019

Fatal head on crash on Hwy 101 just south of Seal Rock at Marsh Road. One fatality. Two seriously injured.

On Thursday evening at about 8:45 pm, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle fatal head-on crash on US Hwy 101 near milepost 152, just south of Seal Rock.

Troopers say a blue 2001 Lexus SUV, operated by Patricia Norenberg, age 55, of Waldport, was driving southbound on US Hwy 101 when she drifted into the northbound lane of travel. A northbound gold 2008 Toyota van driven by Richard Larrett, age 85, of Lincoln City, and the two vehicles collided partially head-on. Larrett’s passenger, Judith Larrett, age 81, of Lincoln City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Norenberg and Richard Larrett were transported by ambulance to Newport’s Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital due to their injuries.

Highway 101 was closed about just over 3 hours following the crash however, a detour had been established to help traffic.

No word yet on why Patricia Norenberg’s vehicle drifted across the center line, causing the fatal crash.

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