Yachats Fire/Rescue has been summoned to assist in handling a bad accident on Highway 101 ten miles south of Yachats which involves a tractor-trailer rig. The accident is at Milepost 175, which would put it between Rock Creek Campground and Washburne Memorial State Park.
State Police say truck won’t be cleared until 1pm. Highway 101 remains completely closed at Milepost 175.
Wreck removed. 101 back open to normal traffic.
Traffic crash with injury on Highway 101 at West Devils Lake Road. Emergency vehicles are on scene. Another crash, vehicle in the ditch on Highway 18 milepost 4. No one around vehicle. Reports say was driving erratically prior to the accident.
Now an additional report of a traffic crash on Highway 18 milepost 1, at the rest area.
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an explosion that occurred around 4:00 am this morning at 5140 NW Hwy 99, just north of the city limits of Corvallis. Deputies were not notified of the incident until 7:15 am.
Residents contacted in the area reported hearing what they described as a loud firecracker. The blast occurred on the road inside of a trailer park at the above location. The discharge caused damage to several vehicles and a trailer due to the concussive effect of the blast as well as debris from the road. The explosive device does not appear to have any material that could be described as intentional shrapnel. There is no clear motive for the incident and no suspects have been identified. No injuries have been reported.
The Oregon State Police Bomb squad was notified and Corvallis Fire Department responded to the assist in the investigation.
At this time, no further description of the explosive device will be given due to investigative purposes.
Update/Correction: Memorial Service Saturday, 10am, at Westside Community Church 18390 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton.
A family in Aloha is mourning the death of their 11 year old daughter who was hit and killed in her own front yard when a car came careening off the street across the lawn and hit her. Kylie Hornych died in her father’s arms as he tried to save her.
The 59 year old David Herman from Hillsboro was taken into custody to determine if he was under the influence of anything. Officers at the scene said he did not appear to be DUII. But they couldn’t explain why the man lost control, left the road and plowed into the Honych house. Herman’s name does not appear on the Washington County Jail Roster.
Kylie was not only a resident of Aloha, she lived for nearly five years with her family in Waldport and attended Crestview School. In fact she and her family had just moved up to Aloha last December. They moved to Aloha to be closer to family in the Portland/Vancouver area. Mother Kellie Hornych had just landed a job. Things were picking up for the family.
Some of Kylie’s friends have contacted News Lincoln County indicating their disbelief that someone so sweet and such a good friend, to so many, could suddenly be gone. They say they are grieving along with her family and her new found friends in Aloha, just west of Beaverton. Kylie’s older sister Kristina said “Kylie was the nicest, sweetist and the most caring person. She had so many friends. So many friends…”
Kylie (right) with sister Kyrah
A friend commented, “What her friends loved about her most was her heart, her generosity. She loved everybody, everybody loved her and she lived life to spread love, to make people happy, to see them smile. Anytime anybody, ANYBODY, was having a bad day, she would be there to cheer them up. In a crowd she would find the most defenseless person and make them the strongest. That’s why her friends and her family loved her so much.”
Her Waldport friends and their families want to remind Lincoln County residents that a memorial fund has been set up in Kylie’s name at any branch of U.S. Bank to help Kylie’s family with the funeral and memorial expenses. The account name is Kylie Hornych Memorial Fund.
A memorial service for Kylie will be held Saturday, 10am, at Westside Community Church, 18390 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton, 97007.
One of Kylie’s friends posted this “in remembrance” video of Kylie:
Here’s more on the story from the Oregonian. Click here.
News Release from Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Deputies Respond to Fatal Crash Involving a Child
April 4, 5:03pm Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a crash where an 11-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle while she was in her front yard. The girl did not survive her injuries.
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to SW 160th Avenue and SW Farmington Road concerning a crash. This is in the community of Aloha, an area of the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD).
Deputies discovered there were two separate crash locations, involving the same driver of a 2007 Toyota Prius. The first victim was driving a 2010 Jeep Wrangler that was rendered inoperable, and had been travelling in his own lane heading northbound on SW 160th Avenue. The driver of the Jeep witnessed the driver of the Prius continue southbound, still in the northbound lane, as it continued across SW Farmington Rd.
The Prius left the roadway shortly after crossing SW Farmington Road. The Prius crossed
over a sidewalk, crashed through a barricade, eventually striking a house. Sheriff’s Deputies found that Kylie Hornych, 11, was in the front yard of her house when the Prius left the roadway. The car struck her and came to a rest against her house.
Kylie was transported to the hospital by ambulance but succumbed to her injuries prior to arriving at the hospital. Kylie was a 5th grade student at Chehalem Elementary School. Beaverton School District will have their Tragedy Response Team at the school Friday morning to help the students and staff members deal with this tragedy. Witnesses told deputies that the Prius was traveling at a high rate of speed after striking the Wrangler and left a trail of broken car parts prior to striking Kylie. It doesn’t appear the car made any attempt to stop during this incident. Deputies found the Prius was
driven by David Herman, 59, from Hillsboro. There was no immediate sign of alcohol impairment by Mr. Herman.
It is still under investigation as to what caused Mr. Herman to drive in such a reckless manner. He was also taken to the hospital for testing.
As of 11:51am this morning, Oregon State Police report that a log truck has rolled over on Highway 18 just west of Sheridan. The entire Highway is blocked.
Traffic on Highway 18 to and from Salem using Highway 22 is UNAFFECTED. Detour 18 to 22, then north on 99 to McMinnville.
1:24pm Update from OSP
Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT remain on scene of Monday morning’s non-injury rollover crash involving a loaded log truck along Highway 18 at Red Prairie Road near Sheridan. Personnel are on scene removing the spilled logs and a tow was enroute for the involved vehicle.
On April 8, 2013 at approximately 11:38 a.m., a truck pulling a pole trailer loaded with logs driven by a 56-year old male was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 32 when the trailer’s right side wheels traveled onto the shoulder. The truck’s driver lost control trying to bring the trailer back onto the pavement. The truck and trailer traveled across the westbound lane and rolled onto its side as the logs spilled off the trailer.
The truck’s driver was not injured. He was driving for Siletz Trucking.
Use tripcheck.com to stay up to the minute on the status of this accident on a highway that is a main thoroughfare for those traveling between the valley and Lincoln City.
Second vehicle that hit the rear of the white pickup
A large pickup rammed into the back of a smaller white one on eastbound Highway 20 just east of Toledo Friday afternoon. One person went to the hospital.
Witnesses say a third eastbound vehicle was turning left ahead of the two pickups. As the white pickup came up on the turning SUV, it went around on the right shoulder. Witnesses say after the SUV turned the second pickup came up from behind and hit the just-starting-to-accelerate white pickup. The impact launched a steel tool box in the white pickup up into the air, colliding with the dark pickup. Some debris also hit the rear window of the SUV which was exiting the pavement onto a private driveway.
The white pickup was punched about 150 feet ahead of the point of impact, off the road and into a tree. The older male driver was transported by Pac West Ambulance to PCH in Newport
Pickup in Yachats River Eastbound, ran off at curve in the 5000 block
Ken Gagne photos
A woman driving a pickup eastbound on Yachats River Road at just before 1pm ran off the pavement and landed in the river in the 5000 block. A witness said she was on the pavement one minute then appeared to straighten out a curve and went over the side, wiping out a mailbox and a tree limb in the process. Her pickup splashed into the water, floated for a moment, then the wheels got hung up on a log on the bottom, which anchored the vehicle in place.
A witness said the woman managed to get the drivers side door open and then wade to the bank. She told a witness that an animal jumped out in front of her, causing her to swerve. No name yet available.
What started out on what was to be a nice day on the water ended with a full-out rescue operation involving the Coast Guard and North Lincoln Fire Rescue.
Reports from the scene was from a fishing vessel in the area that told the Coast Guard that three men in an 18-foot fishing boat were drifting in the water off the mouth of the Salmon River. Their motor had died. The boat was being pushed north toward some rocks by heavy winds. The fishing vessel was cautioned by the Coast Guard to be aware of the shallowness of the water in that area.
In the meantime, North Lincoln Fire launched two high speed jet skiis into the water at the end of Savage Road and headed out the mouth of the river. They got on scene and rescued the victims, putting one of them onto a tow raft and then returned them to the beach. Shortly thereafter the victim, who suffered back pain and exposure to the elements, was transported to North Lincoln Hospital.
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter was spotted searching an area north of the Chinook Winds Casino Wednesday evening on a report of two orange flares being launched from a spot near the mouth of the Salmon River, just south of Cascade Head.
The helo was seen searching the area with it’s huge search lights illuminating wide swaths of the ocean’s surface. At around 10:20pm, the Coast Guard announced over its radio system that they had determined the report as a false alarm.