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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 west of Rainier
01/27/2008
Sergeant Larry Lucas
Oregon State Police - St. Helens
Office: (503) 397-0325

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of a fatal crash early Sunday morning on Highway 30 about one mile west of Rainier that led to the death of one person and serious to critical injuries of three others. Next of kin notifications have been completed and additional names are released.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Larry Lucas, on January 27, 2008 at approximately 12:30 a.m. OSP troopers from the St. Helens work site responded to a three vehicle crash on Highway 30 at milepost 51 about a mile west of the Lewis and Clark Bridge at Rainier. Preliminary investigation indicates a Washington licensed blue Chevrolet Lumina was eastbound with two occupants when the vehicle suddenly swerved into the westbound lane and collided with a westbound red Mazda Miata. A Dodge Neon following the Miata also struck the Miata.

 
The Chevrolet's driver, STEPHEN WILKINS, age 45, from Longview, Washington, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passenger VICKIE ALFONSO, age 48, also from Longview, was critically injured and transported to St. Johns Medical Center. ALFONSO reportedly has been transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University. Troopers believe that it appears neither were using safety restraints.

 
The Mazda's driver, RANDALL HAAK, age 52, and passenger, REBECCA HAAK, age 47, both from Rainier, were transported to St Johns Medical Center with serious injuries. Both were using safety restraints.

 
The Dodge Neon driver, CHERYL MITCHELL, age 42, from Rainier, escaped injury and was able to driver her vehicle home.

 
OSP troopers are continuing the investigation. Assistance at the scene provided by the Clatskanie Fire Department, ODOT, Rainier Police Department, and Clatskanie Police Department.
 
Highway 30 was closed for approximately four hours while the crash was investigated.