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Otis crash sends driver to a Portland trauma center

Highway 18, Friday Rollover Accident Elisha Crippen, 26, Otis Trauma Center/Portland OSP photo

Highway 18, Friday
Rollover Accident
Elisha Crippen, 26, Otis
Trauma Center/Portland
OSP photo

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers continue to investigate Friday afternoon’s single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 18 about seven miles east of Highway 101. The crash seriously injured an Otis-area woman.

According to Sergeant Cari Boyd, at approximately 5:17pm Friday, a 1998 Dodge Voyager van, driven by ELISHA CRIPPEN, age 26, from Otis, was westbound on Highway 18 when it traveled off the roadway and down a slight embankment. The van began to flip over, struck a telephone pole, and then came to rest on its top.

CRIPPEN, the lone occupant, was initially transported by Pacific West ambulance to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. She was later taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for further treatment. She was using safety restraints and the van’s airbags deployed.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Rose Lodge area fire personnel, ODOT, and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office assisted. One lane was blocked about six hours.

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