By NR Staff • 

Crash closes Highway 18 for four hours

Photo courtesy Oregon State Police
A two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon west of Grand Ronde in Polk County sent two adults and one child to hospitals.

GRAND RONDE Two adults and a child were transported to Portland and Salem hospitals following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon west of Grand Ronde on Highway 18 in Polk County.

The highway was closed and traffic was detoured around the crash scene for four hours.

The Oregon State Police gave this account:

At about 4:15 p.m., a 2005 Chevrolet Astro van, registered to Harris Electrical of Seattle, Wash., and driven by Joshua D. Lesmeister, 28, of Tenino, Wash., was eastbound.

It crossed the centerline and collided nearly head-on with a westbound 2008 Honda Civic driven by Megan K. Goss, 34, of Portland. Her 18-month-old daughter was a passenger.

Lesmeister was transported by REACH Air Medical Services helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Goss was taken by Pacific West Ambulance to Salem Hospital. Her daughter was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. All three sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Goss and Lesmeister were wearing seat belts. The child was was restrained in a safety seat.

Multiple law enforcement and medical emergency responders, including the West Valley Fire District, were dispatched to the scene. OSP troopers from the McMinnville, Newport and Portland offices are handling the investigation.

Any witnesses who have not been interviewed by OSP are asked to contact Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch of the Newport office at 541-265-5354.


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