Numerous Crashes Tie Up Traffic

State Police responded to a traffic crash on Hwy 101 south of Depoe Bay. Investigation showed the driver of a Ford SUV turned north onto US Highway 101 and a southbound Toyota Prius collided with the SUV. They Toyota came to an uncontrolled rest in the southbound ditch facing northeast. Both drivers were transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for evaluation. Depoe Bay Fire, ODOT and civilians assisted at the scene. Witnesses reported the Ford turned in front of the Toyota. Coast the driver of the Ford, identified as 77-year old Mary, L Dixon of Depoe Bay was issued a citation for failure to yield prior to entering highway.

Another crash occurred on March 24th in Depoe Bay when a semi truck and trailer were southbound on Hwy 101 when it approached a crash scene and could not slow. It drove into the oncoming lane to avoid crashing into the stopped traffic ahead. While doing so, it encountered a black van headed northbound, and they sideswiped each other. No injuries reported at the scene.

On March 26th a semi-truck attached with a full trailer was being driven southbound on US-101 and near Beverly Beach the driver, identified as 57-year old David G. Mosteller of Vancouver Washington had begun driving outside of the lane towards the southbound shoulder. The semi-truck went into a small ditch and eventually overturned. Mr. Mosteller was alone and was uninjured however he was issued a citation for failing to drive in his lane. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Fire Department, Pacific West Ambulance, and ODOT Incident Response assisted the Oregon State Police on-scene. The roadway had been shut down for the first half-hour.

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