Highway 6 sees second, third fatalities in under a week
Two people died Saturday afternoon, July 31, after a two-vehicle crash at approximately 1:03 p.m. on Highway 6 near milepost 30, according to the Oregon State Police.
The crash was the second fatal wreck in less than a week on that stretch of highway, signed locally as Wilson River Highway.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford F-350 pickup, operated by Gary Thorncock, 50, of Provo, Utah, was eastbound when it crossed into the westbound land and struck a GMC Sierra pickup operated by Jason Pierce, 43, of Fairview.
The driver and a juvenile passenger were fatally injured, the Oregon State Police said, and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The other two passengers in the GMC, Kathryn Pierce, 34, and a juvenile, were reportedly transported to Portland-area hospitals with serious injuries.
Thorncock and two juvenile passengers escaped serious injury. A third juvenile traveling with Thorncock was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Oregon State Police troopers were first on the scene and were assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, along with Tillamook Fire & Rescue, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Emilia Barajas of The Dalles died in a two-car head-on crash on Wilson River Highway last Monday morning, July 26, when an eastbound Honda CR-V driven by Monico Barajas-Rojas reportedly crossed into the westbound lane and struck a 2018 Dodge pickup driven by Vernon Mincemoyer, 51, of Gaston. Mincemoyer was uninjured.
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