Feb. 13, 2019 — On Saturday, Feb. 9, 52-year-old Jamie Jones of Mapleton died due to injuries sustained in a car accident, a result of a collision located just north of Honeyman State Park on Highway 101 at milepost 193 at approximately 11:07 a.m.
The accident occurred during a particularly severe bout of snow and ice that hit the region over the weekend.
“The road was absolutely slick from Rhododendron all the way up,” said Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Interim Chief Director Steve Able. “It just went from a little mist of rain to hail.”
According to investigators, the green 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Jones was northbound on Highway 101 when the vehicle lost control on the snow and ice-covered roadway, crossing into the southbound lane of the highway. Jones’ Explorer collided with a white 2015 Isuzu delivery truck for American Mattress, operated by 25-year-old Daniel Crump of Reedsport, which had been southbound on Highway 101.
“The crews were actually out at that end of the district training when the call came in, so the crews responded immediately,” Able said about the response, which found two units responding. “The first unit arrived on scene and saw that we had two vehicles, one blocking, one in the ditch, and people trapped in both vehicles.”
Crews first administered attention to Jones, who was unconscious. Her companion dog, Loki, was found deceased at the scene.
A second crew worked on saving Crump and his passenger, 32-year-old Nicholas Housego of Bandon.
“They used the ‘jaws of life’ to get the two patients out of that vehicle,” Able said. “They had to work in an icy, inclined area with heavy equipment to get the doors open so they could get the two gentlemen out. In all, we had three ambulances there.”
All three patients were transported by Western Lane Ambulance to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Hospital, where Jones was pronounced deceased. Crump and Housego were later transported to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, where they remain in stable but serious condition, according to Western Lane Ambulance Chief of Operations Matt House.
Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Mast Brother’s Towing also assisted at the scene. Highway 101 was reduced to one lane of travel for approximately three hours following the crash.
“In all, there truly was one team out there with Western Lane and Siuslaw Valley Fire working seamlessly to make sure the patients had the best care possible out there,” Able said.
Despite the severe weather, the incident was the only major accident reported over the weekend.
“People were generally remaining cautious and staying inside,” Able said. “One of the things I get concerned about is that one person may say, ‘I’m very comfortable driving in the snow and ice,’ but that doesn’t mean the other vehicle is. That’s one of the big issues that we have going on.”
Further inclement weather is expected across the Pacific Northwest throughout the week. For information about road conditions, visit ODOT’s tripcheck.com.