ASTORIA - Two Ocean Park residents were injured last Tuesday afternoon on the Youngs Bay Bridge when a flat-bed truck driven by Murl Thomas Klindt, 80, of Lewis and Clark, hit their SUV from behind at 4:31 p.m.
According to Oregon State Police, Ruth Ann Hocking, 63, was southbound on the bridge when Klindt's truck rammed the rear of her Ford Explorer, then rammed it a second time as she started to slow down and pull to the side of the road. Klindt then stopped and pulled onto the shoulder.
Hocking and her passenger, Larry Parson, 64, both of the same Ocean Park address, were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Klindt was released to the registered owner of the truck.
OSP concluded that age and inattentive driving were the likely causes of the collision.