Two-Vehicle Accident Killed One on HWY 101 in Clatsop, OR
December 22, 2023

Clatsop County, Oregon (OR) – On December 20, 2023, a fatal crash was investigated by OSP near milepost 3.5 (Astoria-Megler Bridge) in Clatsop County, OR.

According to preliminary findings, a southbound 2001 Acura CL driven by Jean Ormiston, an 81-year-old from Ocean Park, Washington, crossed the centerline for unclear reasons. Scott Sargeant, 63-year-old from Ilwaco, WA, was driving a northbound 2011 Ford Van when he collided with the Acura. The driver of the Acura (Ormiston) was declared dead on the spot. Two adolescent Acura passengers were sent to a nearby hospital, one with serious injuries. The Ford driver (Sargeant) and his passenger, Eric Sargeant, 62-year-old, were sent to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

The cause of the incident is still being investigated; however, severe fog in the vicinity restricted visibility and may have had a role. It was also discovered that Ormiston was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident. According to the inquiry, the second driver and all passengers involved were most likely wearing seatbelts at the time of the incident.

During the on-scene inquiry, the freeway was closed for around 4 hours. The Washington Department of Transportation, Astoria Fire Department, Astoria Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation all assisted OSP.

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