On Friday, just after 6pm, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US HWY 101 near MP 130.5 that closed the highway to all traffic for approximately 7 hours. The investigation is continuing but preliminary information indicated a grey, 1991 Mazda pickup, being driven by 27 year-old RAYMOND DAVID, of Otis, was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed and passing in no passing zones and around corners. Near milepost 131, DAVID passed another vehicle and began to fish tail. A southbound, 2009 Sterling tractor trailer (loaded with frozen foods), driven by STEPHEN JOHNSON, 57, from Ridgefield, Washington, was hit when the Mazda lost control and collided with the right front portion of the tractor- trailer. DAVID was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Good Samaritan in Corvallis, and then to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland. JOHNSON was not injured and has cooperated with investigators at the scene.
The Mazda pick-up came to rest in the southbound lane of travel and the tractor and trailer came to rest sideways in the highway blocking all lanes of travel. As a result of the crash, 100 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway and into the nearby ravine.
A hazardous materials team did what it could to clean up the spill. Diesel evaporates very quickly when exposed to the air.