Tillamook County man dies in Sunday afternoon crash
TILLAMOOK COUNTY -- A crash Sunday afternoon on US Highway 101 claimed the life of a Tillamook man just south of South Beach, Oregon State Police report.
Police say a blue 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by Shane Larson, 44, of Tillamook, with passenger Tyann Walker, 32, of Beaver, was northbound when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane of travel on a relatively straight section of the highway.
The vehicle struck a southbound silver 2014 Buick Verano head on.
The Buick, driven by Sean Compton, 50, of Springfield. Following the initial collision, the Toyota traveled over an embankment west of the roadway and rolled onto its top. The Buick spun across the northbound lane and came to rest with the rear of the vehicle against the guardrail facing west.
Larson and Compton were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. Larson was later transported by Life Flight helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis due to the extent of his injuries.
Police say Walker suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
US Highway 101 was closed intermittently during the investigation for about six hours following the crash.
OSP was assisted by Newport Fire and Rescue, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Seal Rock Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.
The investigation is ongoing.