A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 30 in the vicinity of the Neer City Road intersection sent two people to the hospital Tuesday, June 4, and closed the highway for a period of time following the crash.
Darrel Lee McCarty, 65, of Longview, Washington, was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants after being involved in the crash, which resulted in serious injuries.
Preliminary information from Oregon State Police indicates a silver pickup truck traveling westbound on the highway driven by McCarty crashed into a green Subaru Legacy driven by Dee Ann Fancher, 63, of Rainier. The impact from the crash pushed the Subaru into the highway's eastbound
A silver Toyota driven by Andrea Mallory, 48, of St. Helens, traveling eastbound on the highway, then crashed head-on with the Subaru.
Fancher had one passenger in her vehicle.
Information from Columbia River Fire and Rescue indicates one driver was treated on scene, but did not require transport to the hospital.
Francher was airlifted to OHSU with serious injuries. The passenger in her vehicle, Douglas McKay, 62, of Rainier, was also transported to an area hospital with serious injuries, according to OSP.
McCarty was arrested for DUII and consented to a blood draw following the crash. He also faces charges of reckless driving, reckless endangering and assault III.
He was cited and booked at the Columbia County Jail, and then released.
Highway 30 and Neer City Road has been the site of several vehicle crashes, including one in 2018 where a driver was seriously injured and others were treated for minor injuries. Several days before that crash, another crash had also been reported in the area.