Crash leaves two dead on Highway 26 in Tillamook County
Two people are dead and five more were hospitalized Friday evening following a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 26 west of Timber.
Multiple agencies responded to the crash scene at milepost 32 at 4:41 p.m., according to the Banks Fire District.
Oregon State Police spokeswoman Lt. Cari Boyd and Washington County Sheriff's Detective Mark Povolny confirmed that the crash around 5:30 p.m. was a double fatality.
A preliminary investigation conducted by the OSP indicated a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 18-year-old Portland resident Caitlyn Potter was eastbound on Highway 26 and lost control, sliding sideways into the westbound lane.
Initially the Trailblazer struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma driven by 35-year-old Portland resident Daniel Fultz, who had two adult passengers in his pick-up, and then t-boned a westbound 2017 GMC Acadia.
The front passenger in the Trailblazer, 19-year-old Gresham resident Kendra Cornwell, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front passenger in the GMC, Tom Bonneville, 80, of Windom, Minn., was also pronounced deceased at the scene. Potter was transported to a Portland hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the GMC, 71-year-old Newberg resident Andrew Bonneville, and three others were transported to Portland-area hospitals. Julia Bonneville, 77, of Windom, was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. Two minors in the vehicle, ages 8 and 12, also received minor injuries and were transported to Emmanuel as well.
A crash reconstruction team was dispatched to the scene.
"We had two vehicles that were able to drive away from the scene and two vehicles that were not," Adams confirmed Friday.
The highway was closed in both directions at the scene for more than three hours following the crash. It re-opened just before 8 p.m.
Traffic was impacted at the Highway 26 junction with Timber Road as helicopters used it as a staging area for medical evacuations.
The crash reportedly occurred in a no-passing zone.
"With increased weekend traffic and weather warming this time of year, the highways are more crowded and we caution drivers to slow down and drive safe," fire officials cautioned.
An OSP report said speed and seatbelt usage may have been contributing factors in the crash.