KNAPPA — Long Beach resident Edward C. Carlson, 59, died Saturday as a result of a multi-vehicle pileup on icy Oregon Highway 30.
At 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple-vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near milepost 81 about 15 miles east of Astoria. Arriving on scene they discovered an adult male had been struck while outside his vehicle and killed.
A two-vehicle crash had occurred due to icy conditions, according to a preliminary investigation. A 1996 Toyota 4Runner and a 2011 Honda Odyssey were involved in a minor, non-injury crash caused by lack of traction on an icy roadway. Both these vehicles came to rest on the highway.
The occupants were outside their vehicle standing on the highway when a third vehicle, a westbound 1998 Subaru Legacy, lost control on the icy highway and struck the Toyota 4Runner. Carlson, an occupant of the Toyota, was standing outside that vehicle when he was struck by the Toyota and the Subaru. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
Another occupant of the Toyota, Lorraine K, Sebastian, 62, of Castle Rock, was also struck by at least one vehicle while standing on the roadway. She was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for life-threatening injuries.
The occupants of the Honda were also struck while they stood on the highway but only received minor injuries. They were identified as Earl J. Lowery, 66, and Nancy K. Lowery, 64, both of Kelso. The driver of the Subaru, Daniel D. Carter, 70, of Rainier, Oregon, was not injured
OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Knappa Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. OSP said more information will be released as it becomes available.