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SERIOUS HEAD-ON INJURY CRASH ON HIGHWAY 26 IN OREGON

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CLATSOP COUNTY, OR (March 16, 2022) - The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at about 6:46 AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a three-vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 24. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a westbound grey Nissan Maxima, operated by Michael Johnson (66) of Seaside, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound loaded Kenworth log truck, operated by Tyler Blackwood (20) of Seaside.

After impact with the log truck, the Nissan continued westbound and struck a 2019 Ford F-250 pickup, operated by Traves Blanchard (46) of Seaside. 

Johnson was seriously injured and life-flighted to Emmanuel Hospital. Blackwood and Blanchard were not injured. 

Due to the extensive damage and vehicles blocking the Quartz Creek bridge, Highway 26 was closed for approximately 3 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.