Wednesday, January 12, 2005
POLK COUNTY -- A 49-year-old Vancouver woman died Jan. 6 in a collision about two miles east of Valley Junction near Grand Ronde.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., Victor Loaeza-Catalan, 22, of Salem lost control of his 1991 Ford pickup. He crossed into the oncoming eastbound lane and struck a 2004 Acura sedan and 1996 Ford Van.
Nenita Miller-Lloyd of Vancouver, the driver of the van, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the van, Timothy Tylor, 37, of Vancouver was seriously injured. He was taken to the Willamette Valley Medical Center by ambulance..
The driver of the Acura, William Nymeyer, 60, of Lincoln City, was seriously injured and taken by Life Flight helicopter to Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
Loaza-Catalan also received serious injuries and was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center by ambulance.
His passengers, Juana Vargas-Islas, 25, and Jose Rosas, 26, both of Salem, received serious injuries.
Vargas-Islas was transported by Life Flight to Oregon Health and Science University. Rosas was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center.
Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt.
Highway 18 was closed with a detour for four hours.
State troopers out of McMinnville continue to investigate the accident with help from the Polk and Yamhill county sheriff's offices.
Troopers remind motorists to slow down on icey roads. Ice on the roadway is not always apparent and roadway conditions can change very quickly.