A woman headed northbound on Highway 229 (Siletz Highway) from Highway 20 lost control of Dodge sedan and took on a tree on the right side, stripping the bark off, then continuing on to hit another tree head on.
A witness told investigating officers that they were following behind the vehicle just north of the Highway 229/20 intersection. He said as the road began making a gentle bend to the left, the Dodge kept straight and drifted off the right side of the pavement. He said the vehicle straddled the shoulder for a distance but eventually the curve grew more acute and the vehicle soon left the road, completely.
The witness said that the car went airborne a time or two, sideswiped a large tree, ripping away a large area of bark, then climbed a rise and took on another tree head-on.
The woman, who was not immediately identified, was extracted from her vehicle with firefighters removing the left side passenger door in order to use a stretcher to remove her from the wreckage. Within minutes she was soon on her way to PCH in Newport aboard an ambulance
Driver inattention is said to have been a likely cause of the accident.