On Friday, June 22, 2018 at about 7:45am, an Oregon State Police Trooper and emergency personnel responded to a report of a traffic crash on US Highway 101 near milepost 76.5, north of Beaver.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2003 Saab, operated by Mikayla Michelle HOWARD, age 18, of Beaver, was traveling northbound when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane of travel for an unknown reason. The vehicle struck a southbound red 2018 Kenworth log truck with a bunked trailer head on. The Kenworth Tractor was driven by Howard Edwin RHOADES, are 64, from Toledo.
HOWARD was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. She was later transported by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health Sciences University for further treatment. HOWARD died from injuries sustained during the crash.
RHOADES was not injured as a result of the crash.
US Highway 101 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Nestucca Fire and Rescue, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Life Flight, and ODOT.
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