June 19, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Multnomah County interagency crash investigation team, is continuing the investigation into the cause of two-vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon along Highway 30 about three miles south of Scappoose.
According to Sergeant Yvette Shephard, on June 18, 2013 at approximately 12:24 p.m., a Mazda sport utility vehicle driven by MARK ALAN THOMAS, age 39, from Oregon City, was westbound on Highway 30 near milepost 16 when, for an unconfirmed reason, the Mazda crossed the center paved median and collided into the side of an eastbound Buick Century. After impact, both vehicles came to rest several hundred feet apart partially blocking the highway.
The Buick's driver, WAYNE HARVEY McCORMICK, age 65, from Scappoose, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
THOMAS was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious, non-life threatening injuries.
Both drivers were using safety restraints and both vehicles' airbags deployed.
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Gresham Police Department, Troutdale Police Department, and Scappoose Rural Fire District. The highway was re-opened about 5:00 p.m.