His car crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a van carrying four Columbia County residents, police said.

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - A Saturn SL and Chrysler Town and Country were involved in a head-on fatal collision Sunday on Highway 6 in Tillamook County.Two vehicles were involved in a fatal crash on Highway 6 just west of Lee's Camp on Sunday afternoon, June 10, according to the Oregon State Police.

The head-on collision was reported to police at about 3:20 p.m. State police said a Saturn SL sedan being driven by 33-year-old George Madsen IV of Tillamook apparently crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic near milepost 24 in Tillamook County, colliding with a Chrysler Town and Country van with four occupants.

Madsen was critically injured and died at the scene. All four of the van's occupants — 60-year-old driver Debra Ann Frappier of Scappoose; 84-year-old Geraldine Mae Murphy and 62-year-old Karen Mae Andrehsen, both of Warren; and 56-year-old Kathy Marie Thomas of Columbia City — were taken by ambulance to Portland-area hospitals with what police characterized as "serious injuries."

It was not immediately clear based on the preliminary investigation why the Saturn sedan operated by Madsen, which was traveling westbound on Highway 6, entered the eastbound lane in which the Chrysler van was traveling.

The crash affected traffic on Highway 6 for about four hours, according to the Oregon State Police.

In addition to the state police agency, the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Metro West Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the incident.

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