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Twenty-year old Woodburn resident killed in head-on crash Sunday evening; Newport man arrested

One Woodburn resident died and several others were injured in a head-on crash on Highway 101 Sunday evening, Feb. 7.

Oregon State Police and emergency crews were called to the crash at 8:10 p.m. just north of Gleneden Beach, near Salishan Drive. COURTESY PHOTO: LINCOLN COUNTY JAIL - Johnny Widerman of Newport has been arrested and charged for manslaughter and other charges following a Sunday evening crash near Gleneden Beach that killed a Woodburn man.

OSP reported that preliminary reports indicate a Chevy Scottsdale pickup operated by Johnny Widerman, 33, of Newport, was traveling south on Highway 101 when it crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Chrysler Pacifica van operated by Eva Alcala, 41, of Woodburn.

A passenger in the Chrysler, Ruben Esteban Vasquez, 20, of Woodburn, sustained fatal injuries at the scene. Alcala and a male juvenile passenger were taken to an area hospital. A female juvenile passenger in the Chrysler was transported by Life Flight to a Portland hospital.

Police took Widerman to the Lincoln County Jail and charged him with manslaughter, assault, DUII, reckless driving and criminal mischief.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Major Crash Team, Newport Police, North Lincoln Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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