This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial launch into summer. Experts already predict that this will be the busiest traffic weekend of the year. To help keep your spirits high during your vehicle travel, take a few pointers from us here at the Oregon State Police.
Plan ahead, be prepared and above all else be patient.
ROCKAWAY BEACH, OR - At around 6 o'clock Wednesday evening fire crews with Rockaway Beach Fire and Garibaldi Fire were dispatched to a structure fire on Smith Street near Lake Lytle. When crews arrived they found a well involved garage fire that was spreading to a house. Crews were able to quickly gain control of the fire.
All occupants of the home were able to get out safety. The house sustained significant damage as the fire had spread to the attic the home. At least one of the neighboring homes sustained some damage to it side from the fire. The cause of the fire is not available at this time.
On Sunday, May 20, 2018 at about 3:45pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a traffic crash on US Highway 101 near milepost 145, just south of South Beach.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by Shane LARSON, age 44, of Tillamook, and also occupied by Tyann WALKER, age 32, from Beaver, was traveling northbound when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane of travel on a relatively straight section of the highway. The vehicle struck a southbound silver 2014 Buick Verano head on. The Buick Verano was driven by Sean COMPTON, age 50, from Springfield. Following the initial collision, the Toyota Corolla traveled over an embankment west of the roadway and rolled onto its top. The Buick Verano spun across the northbound lane and came to rest with the rear of the vehicle against the guardrail facing west.
LARSON and COMPTON were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. LARSON was later transported by Life Flight helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis due to the extent of his injuries.
WALKER suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
US Highway 101 was closed intermittently during the investigation for approximately six hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Newport Fire and Rescue, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Seal Rock Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.
Speed and DUII are being investigated as possible contributing factors for the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.
GARIBALDI, OR - At around 7:20 Saturday evening, Emergency Services were summoned to Garibaldi Ave (US 101) and 13th Street in Garibaldi for a report of a vehicle vs motorcycle crash. When emergency crews arrived they found the motorcycle rider had serious injuries and requested an air ambulance.
The motorcycle rider was transported by ground ambulance to the helipad at the coast guard station. The rider was then transferred to an awaiting Life Flight helicopter for transport to a Portland area hospital. The identity of the rider and their condition is not available at this time.
Highway 101 was closed for several hours while Oregon State Police conducted an investigation.
OSP was assisted by Garibaldi Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Ambulance, Life Flight and Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.
CLOVERDALE, OR - At around 1:15 Friday afternoon crews with Nestucca Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a report of a hay truck fire on Old Woods Road about 2.5 miles from Cloverdale. The hay truck was traveling southbound on Old Woods Road when it caught fire and continued traveling for a few miles before coming to a stop.
When fire crews arrived, they found a well involved hay truck fire and multiple brush fires along Old Woods Road. A 2nd Alarm was requested for more personnel and equipment to help with extinguish the multiple brush fires which were spread out over a mile of Old Woods Road. Old Woods Road was closed for several hours as fire crews moped up the fires.
Nestucca Fire was assisted on scene by Tillamook Fire District, U.S Forest Service, Tillamook Ambulance and Tillamook County Sheriff's Office. A crew from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue provided district coverage during the incident.
The cause of the fire is not available at this time.
PACIFIC CITY, OR - At around 3 o'clock Friday afternoon, emergency crews were dispatched to a report of motor vehicle accident on Brooten Road just south of Pacific City. Crews from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance arrived to find a single vehicle on its side and power lines down on the road.
At least one person was transport to the hospital by ground ambulance. The severity of their injuries or their condition is unknown at this time. Brooten Road was closed for few hours as law enforcement conducted their investigation and to allow Tillamook PUD crews to repair the down power lines.
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue was providing district coverage for Nestucca Fire at the time of the incident while Nestucca Fire was working at another incident.