Two dead after Highway 26 crash

Two passengers from separate vehicles are dead as a result of a crash on U.S. Highway 26.

Two people are dead after a crash Friday afternoon at U.S. Highway 26, 32 miles east of Seaside.

Nineteen-year-old Kendra Cornwell from Gresham, a passenger in a 2002 black Chevrolet Trailblazer and Tom Bonneville, 80, from Windom, Minnesota, a passenger in a 2017 GMC Acadia, were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Oregon State Police, the Trailblazer operated by an 18-year-old Portland woman, Caitlyn Potter, lost control on eastbound highway 26, and slid sideways into the westbound lane. The Trailblazer first struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma without causing injuries before striking the westbound GMC in a T-bone fashion. Potter was transported to OHSU with critical injuries.

The driver of the GMC, Andrew Bonneville, 71, from Newberg and three other passengers in the GMC were transported to Portland area hospitals. Two children in the GMC, ages 8 and 12, were transported to Emmanuel Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Speed and seatbelt usage are being considered as possible contributing factors of the crash.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma was identified as Daniel Fultz, 35 from Portland. His two adult passengers were not injured.

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