By News-Register staff • 

Crash injures three people

Three people sustained minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer rig Monday afternoon at the intersection of Northeast Baker and Second streets. Northbound traffic on Baker was detoured for about one hour.

McMinnville police gave this account:

Shortly after 1 p.m., a 2005 Chrysler minivan driven by Alisha Layman, 28, of McMinnville came to a stop on northbound Baker waiting behind vehicles stopped for the traffic signal.

A 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Robert Stere, 47, of Hillsboro stopped behind Layman's vehicle.

A 2000 CoreMark tractor-trailer rig driven by Jared Logan Murphy, 34, of Portland, failed to stop and rear-ended the Jeep, which impacted the rear of the minivan.

The tractor-trailer rig did not appear to be slowing down prior to impact, witnesses told police.

It had been reported as driving recklessly prior to the crash while en route from Salem to McMinnville, according to police. Callers said it repeatedly crossed the centerline, forcing oncoming vehicles to pull off the road to avoid a crash.

Logan-Murphy was cited for careless driving and following too close. An Oregon State Police inspection of the rig found no violations.

Layman, William Skinner, 59, of Dayton, a passenger in the minivan, and Layman received minor injuries and were transported by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center.

Another occupant of the minivan, Melissa Starr, 29, of McMinnville, declined medical attention. However, she was taken into custody on a McMinnville Municipal Court warrant.

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