The driver of a car that was hit head-on three miles north of Brooks at about 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, is being treated for serious injuries after being LifeFlighted from the scene to Oregon Health & Science University Trauma Center in Portland.
An Oregon State Police trooper witnessed the crash on Portland Road NE near Waconda Road NE. He started emergency medical care after requesting fire and medical response.
An investigation into the cause of the accident revealed a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Ebelia Duran Negrete, age 49, from Woodburn, was northbound on Highway 99E near Waconda Road NE when it traveled across the centerline and collided head-on with a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant four-door driven by Jose Silverio Lopez Llamas, age 46, from Salem. An OSP trooper witnessed the crash and started emergency medical care after requesting fire and medical response.
Negrete escaped her vehicle and was taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries, but Negrete had to be removed with specialized extrication equipment known as the “Jaws of Life.”
After 10 minutes of extrication efforts by firefighters, the critically injured and entrapped patient was freed from the vehicle and LifeFlighted to Portland with what were believed to be life-threatening injuries.
Negrete was cited by OSP for no operator’s license and failure to maintain lane of travel.
Marion County Fire District No. 1 were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, LifeFlight Network of Oregon and the OSP. The highway was briefly closed for emergency response and investigation. ODOT also assisted on scene.