Four teenagers killed in accident on Highway 30; two other crash victims seriously hurt

Oregon State Police Photo<br>Debris litters the surface of U.S. Highway 30 Monday afternoon after the fatal two-vehicle crash between the SUV and the van.

Updated 5:25 P.M.

CLATSKANIE -- Four teenagers were killed and a fifth critically injured in a head-on collision Monday one mile west of Clatskanie near milepost 63.

The crash occurred on Highway 30 shortly before noon Monday. It involved a sports utility vehicle containing five teens and a van.

The highway was closed for several hours but had reopened by 5 p.m.

As the black sport utility vehicle driven was attempting to pass another vehicle at about 11:10 a.m., the 17-year old female driver lost control and slid broadside into the eastbound lane where it was struck in the passenger side by an eastbound white Chevrolet van driven by a 55-year-old man, Oregon State Police said.

The female driver and three passengers, one 18-year old female and two 18-year old men, were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth occupant, an 18-year old man, was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he is in critical condition.

The van's driver, Ki Young Kim, of Vancouver, was transported by ambulance to St. John's Hospital in Longview with serious injuries.

The accident happened just east of the Palm Hill Road intersection (see map)

The Oregon Department of Transportation and OSP set up detours. Trucks were diverted to Washington Highway 4, although planned construction work to a guard rail in Wahkiakum County caused additional delays.

The identities of the crash victims will not be released until relatives are notified, OSP said. The teens are from the greater Vancouver, Wash., area.

ODOT and Columbia County Sheriff's Office handled traffic detour duties at the scene of the accident. Clatskanie Police Department and Clatskanie Fire Department assisted.

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