5 people seriously injured in Hwy. 26 crash

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This crash on Oregon Highway 26 Sunday, July 21, 2013, sent five people to the hospital with serious injuries, according to state police. (Oregon State Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Five people were seriously injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle head-on traffic crash on Highway 26, about eight miles east of Highway 101 in Clatsop County.

Troopers say a 1990 Subaru Legacy four-door driven by Samuel M. Kitto, a 19-year-old from Astoria, was heading west on Highway 26 when, “for an unconfirmed reason, the Subaru traveled across the centerline,” Oregon State Police reported Sunday night.

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This crash on Oregon Highway 26 Sunday, July 21, 2013, sent five people to the hospital with serious injuries, according to state police. (Oregon State Police)

Kitto’s vehicle hit an approaching 2006 Toyota Corolla head-on near the eastbound lane fog line. That eastbound vehicle was driven by 27-year-old Karen E. Anderson from Eugene, Ore.

Kitto was seriously hurt. He was initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, Ore. He then was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

Three of his passengers reportedly were seriously injured. They are identified as 19-year-old Jacob Engbretson, 19-year-old Dylan R. Rabell, and a 16-year old juvenile female passenger. All three were taken to Portland-area hospitals.

“Safety restraint use is pending confirmation,” OSP reported.

The driver of the vehicle that was hit, Anderson, received only minor injuries, according to state police. But her 56-year-old passenger, identified by state police as Audrey Ziebelman, was seriously hurt.

Both were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

“They were using safety restraints and airbags that deployed,” OSP reported.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

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