Oregon State Police (OSP) is 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. The highway will re-open about 4:30 p.m. A detour has been in place for all vehicles while responders clear the scene and complete clean up a large fuel and oil spill.
On June 14, 2012 at approximately 9:05 a.m. a 1997 Toyota Camry driven by Carol Lorraine Howard, age 53, from Longview, Washington, 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. The truck’s driver, Randy L. Davies, age 44, from Bay City, Oregon tried to avoid impact. No evidence of braking was seen from the car prior to impact. It was heavily damaged, ejecting Howard outside where she 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, Washington Sheriff’s Office on June 13 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.
News Release and Photos from: Oregon State Police