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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 south of Cannon Beach
Sergeant Andrew Merila
Oregon State Police - Astoria
(503) 325-5515

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An 83-year old Lake Forest Park, Washington man died and four others were injured Wednesday evening in a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 101 about one mile north of the Arch Cape tunnel south of Cannon Beach. Highway 101 was completely re-opened about 12:30 a.m. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.
On October 14, 2009 at approximately 7:30 p.m. a 1994 Volvo four-door driven by CHARLES E. NILSON, age 83, from Lake Forest Park, Washington was northbound on a straight stretch of Highway 101 near milepost 35 when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a southbound 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup with two occupants.
CHARLES NILSON was pronounced deceased at the scene. His 79-year old wife CAROL NILSON and 53-year old daughter DEBRA NILSON, who is from Seattle, were transported by ambulance to Seaside Providence Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Chevrolet's driver, TOM WATSON, age 64, and his 62-year old wife, SYDNEE WATSON, both from Walla Walla, Washington, were transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital. TOM WATSON was reported to be seriously injured. His wife had non-life threatening injuries.
Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office and OSP collision reconstructionists are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.
Cannon Beach Fire and Police Departments, Medix ambulance and ODOT assisted at the scene.