Local Woman Receives Minor Injuries Following Head On Collision

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The Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing their investigation into Friday afternoon’s serious injury traffic crash along Highway 26 near Elsie that resulted in five people being transported to area hospitals.

On August 17, 2012 at approximately 4:00 p.m. a 2004 Honda Accord driven by Thomas Widdows, age 73, from Tigard, was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 21 when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the centerline and collided nearly head-on with a westbound 2009 Toyota Camry driven by Jan Fouts, age 73, from Warrenton. After the collision, another westbound vehicle stopped and was rear-ended by a fourth vehicle. No one was injured in the secondary rear-end collision.

Thomas Widdows was transported by ground ambulance to Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro with minor injuries. His wife/passenger, Harriett Widdows, age 69, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University with serious injuries.

Fouts and two adult female passengers in her car were transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria with minor injuries.

All involved persons were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Andy Morgan is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Elsie-Vinemaple Rural Fire Protection District 11, Medix Ambulance, and ODOT. The highway was closed for 90 minutes before being opened for intermittent traffic for the next hour.