Just west of W.S. Reservation on Highway 26

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF OSP - A westbound 19-year-old Milwaukie man was stopped to turn on U.S. Highway 26 on Saturday, when his vehicle was struck by a motorhome.One person was seriously injured Saturday morning in a two-vehicle traffic crash along U.S. Highway 26 just west of the Warm Springs Reservation boundary. Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation.

On July 6, at 10:45 a.m., a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta four-door driven by Tyler Van Vactor, 19, of Milwaukie, was stopped westbound on U.S. 26 near milepost 70 signaling for a left turn onto U.S. Forest Service Road 2651.

A 36-foot Istaca motorhome, driven by Richard G. Stevens, 67, of Vancouver, Wash., was westbound coming through a slight downhill curve and didn't see the stopped Volkswagen in time to safely stop.

The motorhome crashed into the back of the Volkswagen, propelling it over 150 feet west along the highway before it came to rest crashed into trees off the eastbound shoulder.

Van Vactor was seriously injured. Off-duty paramedics from Hoodland Fire Department and Redmond Fire and Rescue stopped at the scene and rendered medical care before they were relieved by Hoodland Fire Department and AMR ambulance medical personnel.

Van Vactor was transported by air ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He was using safety restraints.

Stevens and his 68-year-old wife, Elizabeth Stevens, were not injured. They were also using safety restraints.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office, Warm Springs Police Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation. Trooper Tyler Bechtel is the lead investigator.

All lanes were closed 30 minutes before one lane was open for traffic. The highway was cleared about two hours after the crash.

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