A Lincoln City resident has died in a traffic crash in South Lincoln County.
Oregon State Police report that at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle fatal crash on Highway 101 just south of Seal Rock.
The preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2001 Lexus SUV, operated by Patricia Norenberg, 55, of Waldport, was driving southbound on Highway 101 when she drifted into the northbound lane and struck a northbound gold 2008 Toyota van driven by Richard Larrett, 85, of Lincoln City.
The two vehicles collided partially head-on. Larrett’s passenger, Judith Larrett, 81, of Lincoln City, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Norenberg and Richard Larrett were transported by ambulance to Newport’s Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital due to their injuries. Their conditions had not been released at the time of this release.
Highway 101 was shutdown for about three hours during the crash investigation. Traffic ws rerouted along a detour.
Waldport Fire Department, Seal Rock Fire Department, Newport Fire Department, ODOT Incident Response/Maintenance, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and Newport Police Department assisted OSP in the crash investigation.