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Two vehicle crash closes Highway 30 west of Rainier

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A two vehicle crash near milepost 52 of Highway 30 closed the highway for approximately an hour as police investigated and LifeFlight landed to transport an injured driver after a Toyota Corolla and a commercial truck with a semi trailer collided. A detour was in place for approximately two hours following the crash.

The driver of a Toyota passenger vehicle was flown to a Portland-area hospital for treatment of non-lifethreatening injuries after a crash involving the passenger vehicle and a commercial truck on Highway 30 four miles west of Rainier. Police say that at 4 p.m., the driver of the 2013 Toyota Corolla was parked on the westbound shoulder of Highway 30 near milepost 52 when the driver tried to make a u-turn and pulled directly into the path of an oncoming commercial truck that was pulling a semi-trailer.

The driver of the commercial truck tried to avoid the collision by hitting the brakes but was unable to do so. It hit the Toyota’s driver-side door. The Toyota spun off the roadway and stopped in the grass on the side of the highway.

Names of the drivers are unavailable at this time. Oregon State Police Trooper Joseph Dezso said that the driver of the Toyota Corolla was the only one injured and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries. Both drivers used safety restraints at the time of the crash.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Rainier and Clatskanie Police Departments, Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene of the crash. The Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation of the incident. Trooper Dezso is the lead investigator.