Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a non-injury bus crash Monday morning on U.S. Highway 101 in Manzanita. The bus was occupied by 46 Army National Guard members from the HHC 1-186 IN from Medford.
The preliminary investigation revealed the bus had departed from Camp Rilea and was en route to Portland. The driver, Kenneth Alexander, 44, from Vancouver, Washington, missed the turn onto U.S. Highway 26 outside of Seaside. The driver assured the passengers he knew the route to Portland and continued southbound on U.S. Highway 101. The passengers grew concerned over the driver using his cell phone and showing signs of impairment before the bus crashed into the sidewalk. The Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office will review the case for charges of driving under the influence and 46 counts of reckless endangering against the driver.