On Thursday evening at about 8:45 pm, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle fatal head-on crash on US Hwy 101 near milepost 152, just south of Seal Rock.
Troopers say a blue 2001 Lexus SUV, operated by Patricia Norenberg, age 55, of Waldport, was driving southbound on US Hwy 101 when she drifted into the northbound lane of travel. A northbound gold 2008 Toyota van driven by Richard Larrett, age 85, of Lincoln City, and the two vehicles collided partially head-on. Larrett’s passenger, Judith Larrett, age 81, of Lincoln City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Norenberg and Richard Larrett were transported by ambulance to Newport’s Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital due to their injuries.
Highway 101 was closed about just over 3 hours following the crash however, a detour had been established to help traffic.
No word yet on why Patricia Norenberg’s vehicle drifted across the center line, causing the fatal crash.