A head-on crash killed two people and injured five Friday afternoon on Highway 26 in the Coast Range.
The crash happened west of the Timber Junction.
Oregon State Police say the preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Black Chevrolet Trailblazer, operated by 18-year-old Caitlyn Potter, from Portland, was eastbound on Hwy 26 and lost control, sliding sideways into the westbound lane.
Initially the Trailblazer struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma and then struck a westbound 2017 GMC Acadia in a T-bone fashion.
The front passenger in the Trailblazer, 19-year-old Kendra Cornwell, from Gresham was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front passenger in the GMC, 80-year-old Tom Bonneville, from Windom, Minnesota, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The operator, 71-year-old Andrew Bonneville, from Newberg, and three additional passengers in the GMC were transported to Portland area hospitals. The additional passengers in the GMC were 77-year-old Julia Bonneville, from Windom, Minnesota with serious conditions and was transported to Emmanuel via Lair ambulance. Two juvenile passengers (ages 8 and 12) with minor injuries were transported to Emmanuel Hospital. The juvenile passengers are the daughters of Andrew Bonneville. Tom and Julia are the parents of Andrew Bonneville.
Caitlyn Potter was transported to OHSU with critical injuries.
Speed and seatbelt usage are being considered a possible contributing factors of the crash.
The driver of the Toyota Tacoma was identified as 35-year-old Daniel Fultz, from Portland and his two adult passengers were not injured.
The Oregon State Police was assisted by Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation, Tillamook County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Office. The highway was affected for five hours.