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Sunday update: OSP Report
On September 17, 2016 at about 6:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 1.5 (just east of Lincoln City).
Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it failed to negotiate a corner on the wet roadway. The Honda slid into the oncoming lane where it collided with a westbound 2010 Kia Soul.
The driver of the Honda, Maricela R TRUJILLO, age 42, of Woodburn received life threatening injuries and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Her two passengers, Sarah S TRUJILLO and Rebeca M AMADOR (both 20 years old and from Woodburn) were pronounced deceased on scene.
The driver of the Kia, Douglas J BENDER, age 23, of Milwaukie, Oregon was not injured. Two passengers in the Kia were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Highway 18 was closed for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Lincoln City Police, Otis Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Thoughts from Sharon Elmer who happened up on the wreck a few minutes after it happened.
I was in an east bound vehicle not more than 5 mins after this horrific accident. There was no emergency personnel on scene yet. I want to thank and send respect to the occupants of other vehicles who swiftly controlled traffic, made all attempts to rescue the injured and deceased. They are all amazing people. God bless them.
6:45pm – Report of a fatal and major injury accident on Highway 18 about 1.5 miles east of 101. Initial reports from the scene is that there is one dead, one ejected from the wreck and one trapped inside the wreckage. Wreckage is said to be right after a curve.
6:52pm – Highway 18 is shut down completely. Fire-rescue apparatus is blocking the highway.
6:57pm – Fire-rescue is calling for more law enforcement to handle traffic problems.
6:57pm – Depoe Bay Firefighters are asked to move up for coverage of Lincoln City’s Taft Station. Most North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is on the Highway 18 accident. It’s a really bad one.
7:00pm – Capt. Jim Kusz on scene says there are two dead, three badly injured.
7:10pm – Lifeflight can’t fly to the scene due to low visibilities. Victims will have to possibly go first to North Lincoln Hospital to be stabilized and then be picked up by another air ambulance to take them to a Portland trauma unit.
7:30pm – Detour is North Bank Road.
8:30pm – Fire-rescue is holding traffic on Highway 18 – waiting for the passage of two ambulances racing code 3 toward Portland because flight conditions into Lincoln City are below standards. They’ll be code 3 on the ground all the way to Portland or until they can meet a chopper in better weather to fly them the rest of the way in to Portland.
8:45pm – Two ambulances with crash victims aboard race back through the accident scene enroute to trauma centers in Portland. Flight conditions did not improve enough for air ambulances to land at North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. Hopefully they can rendezvous with medical transport choppers on the other side of the coast range.