From Oregon State Police
OSP Troopers are continuing their investigation of Friday evening’s crash that partially closed HWY 101 for hours. On July 3 at about 6:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on HWY 101 near milepost 129 (south of Depoe Bay).
According to Sergeant Cari Boyd, a 2002 Ford F150, operated by James M GILDERSLEEVE, age 52, of Waldport, was traveling northbound on HWY 101 when for unknown reasons crossed the centerline. GILDERSLEEVE’s vehicle struck two southbound vehicles. GILDERSLEEVE was the only occupant in his vehicle. GILDERSLEEVE was taken by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries.
The first vehicle it struck was a 2013 Toyota RAV4, operated by Mark JACKSON, age 51, of Newberg. JACKSON’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s side which caused it to spin around and come to rest blocking both directions of traffic. JACKSON had three occupants in his vehicle. One of these passengers, Tina JACKSON, age 44, was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport with moderate injuries.
The second vehicle GILDERSLEEVE struck was a 2014 Dodge Pickup, operated by Ryan M VALDEZ, age 43, of Newberg. VALDEZ had three occupants in his vehicle. VALDEZ was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital with moderate injuries.
Hwy 101 was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately 6 hours. OSP-Newport was assisted by Newport Fire, Depoe Bay Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Pac-West Ambulance, Reach Air Ambulance, TCB-Security, OSP-Albany, OSP-McMinnville, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Here’s a moment to moment description of the aftermath of the accident.
Report of a serious T-Bone accident near Rocky Creek State Park. No word yet on injuries. Watch for emergency vehicles and possible traffic flaggers.
Debris field is scattered over a 300 foot stretch of highway.
First on scene say at least four people are injured. There are victims trapped inside the wreckage. Asking for back-up ambulances.
Three victims require ambulances to the hospital. There may be more. At least two other victims are still trapped in vehicles.
REACH medical helicopter ordered to land at Rocky Creek State Park and wait for patients to arrive.
Traffic is being allowed through the crash area. Moving very slowly.
Another ambulance has arrived on scene.
One victim has now been cut out of vehicle number three. One more to go in vehicle four.
REACH medical helicopter is 12 minutes out. Landing at Rocky Creek Wayside Park. Fourth victim still being extricated from vehicle four.
REACH medical helicopter has arrived on scene. Landed at Rocky Creek State Park.
Fourth and final trapped victim has been cut out vehicle wreckage.
Patients loaded in ambulance and REACH and not long after Highway 101 was reopened. No word yet on what caused the multi-vehicle crash.
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