By NR Staff • 

Three crash survivors on the mend

The three all suffered life-threatening injuries. But they now appear to be in the early stages of long and challenging recoveries, Muhr said Friday.

Marena is being treated at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for a broken leg, head injury and internal injuries. She was scheduled to start physical therapy Friday with the aid of a walker.

Also hospitalized at Legacy Emanuel is Marena’s best friend from Newby Elementary School, 9-year-old Jayden Moore. Jayden’s twin sister, Jasmine, and mother, Kelly, 26, both of McMinnville, died in the crash.

Muhr said Jayden and Marena were sharing a single seat belt in the middle of the back seat of Hannah Rietz’ 1994 Ford Escort.

According to Lt. Dave Okada of the Salem police, the northbound Escort crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 1997 Ford F-150 pickup head-on near the Salem intersection of Turner Road and Airport Way. He said investigators were still trying to determine the cause, but said neither speed nor alcohol appeared to play a role.

Muhr said Rietz, 28, was being treated at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for a broken neck and two broken legs. She said Rietz underwent neck surgery Thursday and was scheduled to have surgery on her legs today.

The driver of the pickup was identified as Jason McMurphy, 27, of Turner. He was treated and released at Salem Hospital.

Separate trust funds have been established through Wells Fargo Bank for the Rietz and Moore families. Donations can be made at any branch.

Services for Kelly and Jasmine Moore will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the McMinnville Covenant Church.

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