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Three people were shaken up, one moderately injured, in an accident on Highway 101 just north of Yachats Friday. Witnesses say that a white car came up behind a blue pickup that was about to turn left on California Street. At the instant the white car went out to pass, the pickup turned left. The white car hit the drivers side of the pickup and careened off the pavement and down into a ditch. The pick up wound up on the shoulder of the road.
None were hurt seriously, although the lady passenger in the white car was said to have had blood on her wrist.
No word on whether citations were issued or who was judged in error. It’s the second serious “going out to pass” collision in the region lately. A Toledo High School teacher was killed last month when, riding his motorcycle on Logsden Road east of Siletz, went out to pass just as a pickup turned left into a driveway. The impact destroyed the motorcycle and punched the pickup off the pavement. The motorcycle rider died at the scene.
The lesson in both instances is that when you go out to pass, make sure nobody has their left turn signal on. Or, if you’re making a turn off a highway, make sure your signal light is flashing; check for anyone coming at you in the opposite lane as well as anyone who might have begun to pass you from behind.