Two Crashes on HWY 99 Injure Many

DUNDEE, Ore. – Oregon State Police is continuing its investigation into two traffic crashes on Highway 99W, Friday.

OSP says around 2:30 p.m., a 2004 Toyota Camry driven by James Smith, 76, of West Linn, was travelling northbound on Highway 99W when it crossed the center line and collided nearly head-on with a 1994 Acura Integra driven by David Vargas Carbajal, 23, of Salem.

Vargas Carbajal and his 65-year-old male passenger were transported by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

OSP cited Vargas Carbajal for not having an operator’s license and smith for careless driving. It says fatigue was a contributing factor.

Around 3:42 p.m. another crash occurred about a mile north of the first crash.

A 2008 Dodge pickup driven by Christopher Ray, 43, of Dayton, was travelling northbound when it struck the rear of a 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup slowing for heavy traffic. The Nissan crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2007 Toyota Sienna. The Dodge pickup traveled off the road and down a 100-foot embankment.

Ray was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Nissan’s driver, Miranda B. Martino, 19, of Lafayette, was transported by ambulance to Providence Newberg Medical Center with minor injuries. The Toyota’s driver, Joshua G. Einstein, 50, of Portland, and the 49-year-old female passenger were also transported to the same hospital with minor injuries.

OSP is continuing its investigation into the second crash.

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