U.S. Highway 101 closed Sunday morning and through much of the afternoon in both directions just north of Manzanita at Oswald West State Park following a multivehicle crash involving a recreational vehicle.
According to state police at 11:41 a.m., a four-vehicle, serious injury collision occurred on the highway near milepost 40. Three vehicles were headed southbound: a silver, 2010 Infinity G37X, followed by a silver 2019 GMC Sierra, followed by a silver 2009 Nissan Xterra.
A tan Ford motor home was northbound. Witnesses said the Infinity had been swerving out of its lane for miles prior to the collision and almost caused other collisions. The Infinity turned left into the northbound lane. The front of the Infinity struck the rock embankment on the shoulder. The motor home struck the passenger side of the Infinity. The Infinity spun several times and came to an uncontrolled rest in the northbound lane. The motor home continued forward and struck the GMC.
The GMC spun around and came to an uncontrolled rest in the northbound lane. The motor home continued forward and swerving right to avoid going over a cliff. The motor home then struck the front of the Nissan. The Nissan spun around and then the motor home struck the driver side of the Nissan pushing it up against the rock embankment on the northbound shoulder. The Nissan came to an uncontrolled rest. The motor home came to an uncontrolled rest blocking both lanes.
The driver of the Infinity was transported by ground ambulance and then air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.
The passenger of the Infinity was transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Hospital. The passenger of the motor home was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Clatsop County.
Empty alcohol containers were found in the Infinity and the driver of that car admitted to drinking and using cocaine that day. The investigation is ongoing.