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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 near Seal Rock
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Corvallis-area woman died and four other people were injured Saturday evening in a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near Seal Rock in Lincoln County.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Greg Plummer, on December 27, 2008 at approximately 7:15 p.m. a 1998 Toyota Camry driven by SANGEET KUMAR LAL, age 29, from Corvallis, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 149. As the Toyota was negotiating a downhill sharp right curve the right side tires left the roadway. LAL overcorrected and the car spun across the southbound lane, striking a guardrail and continued to spin out of control. The Toyota was struck in the rear by a southbound 1996 Ford Econoline van driven by DOUGLAS M. HOWARD, age 52, from Battle Ground, Washington.
Five people were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. All were using safety restraints and the Ford van's airbags deployed.
The Toyota's left rear passenger, GAYATRI SHRIVASTAVA, age 25, from Corvallis, died after arriving at the hospital.
LAL received serious injuries and was transferred by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for further treatment.
Two other Toyota passengers received minor injuries. They are identified as right front passenger ARNAB MUKHERJEE, age 29, from Baltimore, Maryland, and right rear passenger MRINMOY SAHA, age 23, from Corvallis.
HOWARD received minor injuries.
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Seal Rock Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT assisted at the scene. Highway 101 was closed and traffic diverted for approximately four hours.