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Three-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 ends in two fatalities, serious injuries

Oregon State Police responded to a double-fatal crash on Highway 26 near milepost 32 in Tillamook County on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police).

SEASIDE, Ore. — Oregon State Police responded to a double-fatal crash on Highway 26 near milepost 32 in Tillamook County on Friday.

The crash took place at approximately 4:45 p.m., and the preliminary investigation reveals that a 2002 Black Chevrolet Trailblazer, operated by Caitlyn Potter, 18, from Portland, was eastbound on Hwy 26 and lost control, sliding sideways into the westbound lane.

Initially, the Trailblazer struck a westbound Toyota Tacoma (where no injuries were suffered), and then struck a westbound 2017 GMC Acadia in a t-bone fashion.

The front passenger in the Trailblazer, Kendra Cornwell, 19 from Gresham, was pronounced deceased at the scene, as was the front passenger in the GMC, identified as Tom Bonneville, 80 from Windom, Minnesota.

The operator of the GMC, Andrew Bonneville, 47 from Newberg, and three additional passengers in the GMC were transported to Portland area hospitals. The additional passengers have been indentified as Julia Bonneville, 77 from Windom, Minnesota, who sustained serious injuries, and who juvenile passengers, ages 8 and 12. The two juveniles sustained minor injuries.

Andrew Bonneville was identified as the father of the two juveniles in the vehicle, and the son of both Tom and Julia Bonneville.

Potter was transported to OHSU with critical injuries. Speed and seatbelt usage are being considered a possible contributing factors of the crash.

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