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The Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning’s fatal head-on traffic crash involving a passenger car and commercial vehicle that resulted in the death of a Longview, Washington, woman along Highway 30 east of Astoria, in the Knappa area. According to OSP the highway re-opened at about 4:30 p.m. A detour had been in place for all vehicles while responders cleared the scene and completed clean up a large fuel and oil spill.
Thursday morning, June 14th, at approximately 9:05 a.m. a 1997 Toyota Camry driven by Carol Lorraine Howard, age 53, was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 85 when it veered into the westbound lane and crashed head-on into a 2007 Kenworth truck pulling an empty chip trailer. OSP reports that Bay City truck driver, Randy Davies, age 44, was driving the Kenworth and tried to avoid impact. No evidence of braking was seen from the Camry prior to impact. The Toyota was heavily damaged, ejecting Howard out of the Camry. Howard was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers, Clatsop County sheriff deputies, and firefighters from Knappa Fire & Rescue found a car seat at the scene and conducted an extensive area search to see if a child was involved. No child was found and the investigation confirmed there was no child passenger in the car with the victim.
OSP also confirmed Howard was reported as a missing person to Cowlitz County’s Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, June 13th, at about 7:00 p.m. Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office assisted OSP with next of kin notifications. She was believed to not be using safety restraints.
Davies was transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Davies was driving for Don Averill Trucking out of Tillamook. He was using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper James Pierce is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Knappa Fire & Rescue, ODOT, and Northwest Firefighters (NWFF) Environmental company. An unknown amount of fuel and diesel spilled from the truck.