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Critical Injury Multi-Vehicle Crash - Highway 26 ner Elsie in Clatsop County

March 12, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday morning's multi-vehicle injury crash on Highway 26 near the Quartz Creek Bridge in Clatsop County. Various secondary crashes occurred in the immediate area due to icy road conditions.

According to Sergeant Dennis Thomas, on March 11, 2013 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a Toyota pickup driven by MCKENZIE FIDLER, age 29, from Gresham, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 24. FIDLER lost control of the Toyota pickup due to icy conditions and crossed the center line crashing into an eastbound GMC pickup driven by JOHN OLSON, age 75, from Astoria. The GMC pickup caught fire and thanks to the quick efforts of other motorists, OLSON and his passenger/wife JERRIE OLSON, age 70, from Astoria, were rescued from their burning vehicle. The Toyota pickup was struck from behind by a passenger car and pushed into a Commercial Motor Vehicle that was nearly stopped at the crash scene.

FIDLER and both JOHN and JERRIE OLSON were transported by ground ambulance to Emanuel Hospital in Portland. FIDLER sustained serious injuries from the crash. JOHN OLSON received critical injuries and JERRIE OLSON received minor injuries.

Investigators believe that alcohol use by FIDLER was a contributing factor in the initial crash. Seatbelt usage is still being determined by investigators.

Seven (7) other vehicles were involved in secondary crashes in the immediate area of the initial crash scene due to icy road conditions. None of the occupants from the secondary crashes required medical transport.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Elsie Vinemaple RFPD, Hamlet VFD, Banks FD, Seaside FD, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and local tow companies. The Quartz Creek Bridge was closed for approximately 4.5 hrs reopening at 1:30 p.m.

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