Two sustain minor injuries in Hwy 101 rollover crash

NEWPORT, Ore. -- A Depoe Bay couple escaped with minor injuries after a rollover crash on Hwy 101 in Newport Monday morning.

Newport police say they were called to the scene at Hwy 101 and 55th Street at about 10:40 a.m., for a report of a vehicle fire. An OSP trooper was already on scene and attempting to put out the fire when police arrived.

An investigation revealed that a Mitsubishi Galant being driven by Jerry Martensen, 50, of Depoe Bay, was heading south when it suddenly accelerated and rear ended a flatbed trailer loaded with an excavator being towed by David G. Rose, 43, of Salem.

Police say the impact caused Martensen's car to veer into the oncoming lanes and then off the roadway, where it rolled on it's top and caught fire.

Martensen and his passenger, Elizabeth Martensen, 48, were both taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and treated for minor injuries. Authorities say Rose was not injured in the crash.

Police say Martensen suffered some sort of medical condition which caused him to lose consciousness right before the crash.

Officials say Martensen was cited for driving while suspended.