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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 26 in Clatsop County

July 21, 2013

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

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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. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

Preliminary investigation indicates on July 21, 2013 at approximately 9:15 a.m., a 1990 Subaru Legacy four-door driven by SAMUEL M. KITTO, age 19, from Astoria, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 8. For an unconfirmed reason, the Subaru traveled across the centerline where an approaching eastbound 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by KAREN E. ANDERSON, age 27, from Eugene, took evasive action to the right. Both vehicles collided head-on near the eastbound lane fog line.

ANDERSON received minor injuries. Her passenger, AUDREY ZIEBELMAN, age 56, from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, received serious injuries. Both were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. ZIEBELMAN was later taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is critical condition. They were using safety restraints and airbags that deployed.

KITTO received serious injuries. He was initially transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Three passengers in the Subaru were also seriously injured. They are identified as right front passenger JACOB ENGBRETSON, age 19; rear seat passenger DYLAN R. RABELL, age 19; and, MICHELLE IWANYLO-EDWARDS, age 16. They are also from Astoria. ENGBRETSON is being treated at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. RABELL and IWANYLO-EDWARDS are being treated at Oregon Health & Science University. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Jessica Spurlock is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Hamlet Volunteer Fire Department, and ODOT.


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