July 19 2018
On 8/25/2017 at approximately 12:41pm, Oregon State Police troopers from the Newport Patrol Office responded to a three vehicle fatal traffic crash on US Highway 20 near milepost 29.
The Preliminary investigation indicates an eastbound 2017 Dodge Durango was traveling eastbound when for unknown reason it crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2009 Toyota Prius. The force of then impact caused the the Prius to come to rest, partially, on the guardrail, and then the Durango was struck by a westbound 1942 Dodge motorhome.
The Dodge Durango was occupied by the driver Robert B. Hardin, age 76, and his passenger, Kristi S. Hardin, age 74, both of Stamford, Connecticut. The Toyota Prius driven was by Charles B. McConnell, age 70, from Philomath. The Dodge motorhome was occupied by the driver, Devon Abbott, age 39, and two passengers, James Abbott, age 71, and Sheila Abbott, age 61, all of Silverton.
McConnell was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Robert Hardin was transported by ambulance to Ellmaker State Park and was air transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where he was treated for serious injuries. All other mentioned vehicle occupants were transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where they were treated for various non-life threatening injuries.
Assisting with the investigation were OSP Albany Area Command, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Newport Fire and Rescue, Toledo Fire and Rescue, Philomath Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, Life Flight Helicopter Service, and ODOT. This investigation is ongoing.