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9 Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash north of Florence
01/17/2010
Sergeant Andy Kenyon
Oregon State Police - Florence
(541) 997-9635

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Nine people were injured, three seriously, Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 101 about five miles north of the Sea Lion Caves on the Oregon coast. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the crash that closed the highway for about three hours.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates on January 16, 2010 at approximately 3:40 p.m. a 2003 Audi sedan driven by BRANDON SCHOOLEY, age 19, from Eugene, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 174. As SCHOOLEY was negotiating a sharp curve he crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a southbound 2001 Toyota Camry driven by HAN KIM, age 25, from Eugene.
 

OSP troopers from the Florence and Newport offices, Lane County Sheriff's Office deputies, a US Forest Service officer, and emergency responders from Siuslaw Fire Department, Western Lane Ambulance, South Lincoln County Ambulance, Lincoln county area EMS units, and ODOT all responded to the crash.
 
All nine vehicle occupants were using safety restraints and transported by ambulance to various hospitals.
 
SCHOOLEY and his three passengers were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where they were treated for minor injuries and released. Audi passengers are identified as:
  • NICHOLAS A .TORRES, age 20, from Eugene
  • SAMANTHA J. FRESE, age 17, from Cottage Grove
  • FELICIA M. BALDWIN, age 17, from Cottage Grove
 
HAN KIM was transported to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence where he was treated for minor injuries and released. Toyota passengers are believed to be living in the Eugene area and may be students at the University of Oregon. They are identified as:
  • ESTHER KING, age 21, transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries
  • DAVID CHAI, age 25, transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with critical injuries
  • BIN SEO, age 19, transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with serious injuries
  • MINHYE PARK, age 21, transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis and treated and released with minor injuries
 
No other information available for release at this time.