Seven Injured in Crash near Clatskanie

Date: July 27, 2010
Location: Wauna Mill near Clatskanie, Oregon
Names: Jacob N. Sullivan, Heather L. Gibson, Toby Gibson, Brianna Gibson, Mary Millar,
Leigha R. Warner, David Bayer

A two-car crash injured seven people, including two small children, July 27, 2010 near Wauna Mill, Clatskanie, Oregon, reports

The accident happened around 3:40 PM. Jacob N. Sullivan, 16, of Kelso, Washington, was westbound when, for unknown reasons, the car he was driving went over the double solid line into the left eastbound lane, and crashed into the right front section of a car driven by Heather L. Gibson, 29, of Vancouver, Washington.

The vehicle driven by Gibson had four occupants, all of whom were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Two of the passengers were Gibson’s children, Toby, age 4, and Brianna, age 1-1/2. The children were secured and riding in the rear. Another passenger, Mary Millar, 83, had to be extricated from the vehicle, and was then taken to OHSU for treatment.

In the car driven by Sullivan, Leigha R. Warner, 16, was riding in the right front passenger seat. She had to be extricated from the car by firefighters. She and Sullivan were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Also riding in the car, in the back seat, was David Bayer, 16, of Kelso. He was transported to St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington.

Police described the injuries to all parties as non-life threatening.

We want to send our warm wishes for healing to everyone involved in this accident – especially little Toby and Brianna. We hope you mend quickly and are out of the hospital soon.

The moments and days after a crash are the most important. First, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should have a record of anything after the accident in case the pains become more serious. Second, either you, a friend or family member, or a qualified attorney, should collect evidence from the accident scene. Evidence can disappear quickly, so doing this while your loved one is in the hospital is of extreme importance. We understand that you may not want to do this while you or your loved one is in the hospital, so you may want to ask an Oregon accident attorney to do it for you.

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