Oregon State Police troopers are continuing an investigation into Thursday fatal head-on traffic crash involving a passenger car and truck that resulted in the death of a Longview, Wash., woman along Highway 30 east of Astoria.
The highway re-opened about 4:30 p.m. A detour has been in place for all vehicles while responders clear the scene and complete clean up a large fuel and oil spill.
At approximately 9:05 a.m. a 1997 Toyota Camry driven by Carol Lorraine Howard, 53, from Longview, was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 85 when it veered into the westbound lane, troopers said.
It crashed head-on into a 2007 Kenworth truck pulling an empty chip trailer. The truck's driver, Randy L. Davies, 44, from Bay City, tried to avoid impact, troopers said.
No evidence of braking was seen from the car prior to impact. It was heavily damaged, ejecting Howard, who troopers believe was not using seat belts. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers, Clatsop County sheriff deputies, and firefighters from Knappa Fire & Rescue found a car seat at the scene and conducted an extensive area search to see if a child was involved. No child was found and the investigation confirmed there was no child passenger in the car with the victim.
OSP also confirmed Howard was reported as a missing person to Cowlitz County, Wash., Sheriff's Office June 13 at about 7:00 p.m. Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office assisted OSP with next of kin notifications.
Davies was transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was driving for Don Averill Trucking of Tillamook and troopers said he had beem using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Jim Pierce is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Knappa Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Northwest Firefighters (NWFF) Environmental company. An unknown amount of fuel and diesel spilled from the truck.