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Two SUV’s collided head-on Saturday morning on Highway 20 about a half mile east of Newport, some 400 feet east of the “Welcome to Newport” sign. It was on a gentle curve that the two vehicles smashed into each other, one of them being punched up onto and then straddling a guard rail. Firefighters quickly stabilized the vehicles.
First responders soon determined that four people were injured, two of them critically. They were transported by Reach helicopter to regional medical centers in Corvallis and Portland.
Highway 20 was closed down completely, and all eastbound traffic was rerouted to the Bay Road between Newport and Toledo.
Oregon State Police say that the dark colored Land Rover was headed westbound on 20, driven by Samantha Ferris, 16 of Newport, when it sideswiped one car and and then smashed head-on into a Honda Pilot with three aboard. Two in the Honda, identified as Robert “Therron” Kraft, 46 of Toledo and Shannon Monroe, 42, of Toledo, were helicoptered to trauma centers. The third, Michael Barker, 29 of Toledo, was taken to PCH with non-life threatening injuries.
Ferris was transported to Pacific Communities Hospital with minor injuries. She was later released and cited by Oregon State Police to appear for drunk driving, reckless driving and three counts of assault in the second degree.
Troopers say all occupants were wearing seat belts and air bags deployed in both vehicles.
Medical update from friends: Therron Kraft, 46, the driver, nine hours of surgery for very serious injuries. Shannon Monroe, 42, was kept overnight for observation and Michael Barker, 29, was treated for a head laceration and later released. Friends say Therron Kraft will recover from his injuries.