1 Dead in a Two-Car Accident in Columbia County, OR
September 7, 2023

Columbia County, 0regon (OR) – On September 5, 2023, OSP attended a two-vehicle collision at around 1:10 p.m., on HWY 30 close to milepost 36 in Columbia County, OR.

The preliminary investigation indicated a Ford E-250, operated by Beverly Ann Seymore, 45 -a 45-year-old, Rainier, was traveling eastbound when it crossed the center line and struck a Nissan Frontier, operated by Michael Robert Pohl, 59-year-old of Rainier, head-on. The operator of the Ford (Seymore) was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. The operator of the Nissan (Pohl) was declared deceased at the scene. The highway was impacted for approximately 3.5 hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia Fire and Rescue, and ODOT.

According to preliminary findings of the inquiry, a Ford E-250 driven by Rainier resident Beverly Ann Seymore, 45-year-old was going east when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Nissan Frontier driven by Rainier resident Michael Robert Pohl, 59-year-old Seymore, the driver of the Ford, was evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. Pohl, the driver of the Nissan, was pronounced dead on the spot. During the on-site inquiry, there was a 3.5-hour delay in traffic on the motorway. Investigations into the incident’s cause are ongoing.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia Fire and Rescue, and ODOT offered support to OSP.


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