Seaside man dies in fiery, 2-vehicle crash on HWY 97 near Sunriver


A Seaside man died Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 south of Sunriver, according to Oregon State Police.

The crash happened at Vandervert Road around 1 a.m. when Sherri Wood, a 46-year-old Lyons woman driving a Dodge Caravan, failed to stop when entering the highway, OSP said.

The minivan struck the driver’s side of a northbound semi driven by a Bakersfield, Calif man.

The semi caught fire and was burned beyond recognition.

A passenger in the minivan, 56-year-old Robert Owens of Seaside died at the scene, OSP said.

Wood was taken by air ambulance to St. Charles with life-threatening injuries.

The semi driver was able to escape the semi uninjured.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. and closed the highway for about 10 hours.

OSP said more details would be released later Thursday.



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