Provided by Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 18 about eight miles west of Grand Ronde that resulted in the death of an adult male and serious injuries to an adult female. The names of the vehicle occupant’s are withheld pending confirmation of next of kin.
Preliminary investigation indicates on Wednesday at approximately 4:50 p.m. a 1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT driven by an adult male was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 13 negotiating a left curve at a high rate of speed when it traveled off the right shoulder and crashed into a tree. The initial impact split the vehicle in two sections with the front portion coming to rest on the north side of the highway. The passenger compartment and rear section came to rest overturned on its top about 40 feet south of the highway partially submerged in the Salmon River.
An OSP sergeant, who was trying to catch up to the Mitsubishi after noting its speed at 85 mph west of the crash scene, drove upon the scene shortly after it happened. With the help of several other people who stopped, they went down into water where the overturned section. Lifting the vehicle up out of the water, they saw it was occupied by two people. The woman was conscious but the man was unconscious.
They removed the seriously injured woman from the car and she was later transported by Pac West Ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. She was transferred by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.
After removing the woman, they continued propping the car up to keep the man out of the water until firefighters from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Both occupants were using safety restraints.