3-vehicle crash blocks Hwy 101 south of Newport

NEWPORT, Ore. - A three-vehicle crash south of Newport injured one person and blocked Highway 101 for nearly four hours Thursday afternoon.

State police said that one person was injured in a crash involving two dump trucks and a motor home at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The crash happened about four miles south of Newport on Highway 101.

Officials said that a Mack dump ruck driven by Ralph Manchester, 51 from Dallas, Ore., had stopped on the highway, attempting to back into a driveway. Southbound traffic behind the truck had stopped to let it back up.

A motor home driving north on the highway was reported to have slowed down after the driver, Ernest Miller, 61 of British Columbia, saw the dump truck trying to maneuver into the driveway. After slowing, the motor home was rear-ended by a Ford dump truck driven by 51-year-old Toledo resident, Henry Mattos.

The crash sent the Ford dump truck into the southbound lane, where it collided with Manchester's truck before it rolled down an embankment. The truck came to a rest in Moore Creek. The crash caused Mattos' Ford truck to leak fuel into the creek (approximately 75 gallons).

Only Manchester was reported injured in the crash. He was taken to Pacific Communities Hospital with a possible minor injury. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt during the incident.

Oregon State Police troopers cited Mattos with a reckless driving charge at the scene, State Police detectives are continuing an investigation into the crash.

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