The flow of traffic on highway 18 is back to normal after a two vehicle head-on crash shut down the stretch between Old Scenic Highway 101 and N North Bank Rd for almost 4 and a half hours. Victims were transported to North Lincoln Hospital, and later to a trauma center in Portland. See the timeline of events below.
North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance being called out for a 2 vehicle head-on crash at approximately milepost 2.5 on highway 18, one mile east of the Otis Cafe. Highway is completely blocked. Drivers of both vehicles are trapped. Best route through will be through N North Bank Rd.
First fire unit arriving on scene. Heavy damage to one of the involved vehicles.
Second call-out. Driver of one vehicle is conscious and breathing, driver of second vehicle is unconscious and breathing, and both are heavily trapped inside their vehicles.
NLFR arriving on scene with extrication tools.
Depoe Bay Fire being called out to cover North Lincoln Fire district. Lots of NLFR personnel on scene of the accident.
Traffic is being diverted through N North Bank Rd. Fire personnel directing traffic through.
First patient has been extricated from their vehicle.
Second patient is out of their vehicle. Highway will remain shut down for some time.
Both ambulances have transported their patients with fire personnel on board to assist with treatment. The drivers involved in the crash are both critically injured.
Depoe Bay Fire cleared from coverage with huge thanks from North Lincoln Fire.
Highway is still closed. ODOT has arrived on scene to take over traffic control. ESTIMATED CLOSURE TIME IS 3 HOURS.
Semi attempting to turn onto North Bank Rd from highway 18 hit the guard railing. No lasting traffic obstructions. At the opposite end of North Bank Rd, a road rage incident. Vehicle just ran another vehicle off the road after honking aggressively and flashing high-beams at the caller, then took off westbound on highway 18 from the intersection of 18 and Old Scenic Highway 101. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is responding.
Lincoln City Police are also joining the hunt for the vehicle, described as a red, white, and blue box truck with a mechanical company name written on the side.
Patients involved in the original crash are now being transferred to a trauma center in Portland. Highway is still closed, estimated to open again in 1 and a half hours.
Tow trucks are on scene to remove the vehicles.
Highway 18 is now open.