Police: Driver killed when he loses control of car in curve on wet Hwy 101


    A 29-year-old died after he lost control of his car on Highway 101 and slide into oncoming traffic Wednesday evening, Oregon State Police said. (OSP)

    WHEELER, Ore. - A 29-year-old died after he lost control of his car on Highway 101 and slid into oncoming traffic Wednesday evening, Oregon State Police said.

    Troopers suspect speed and a wet road contributed to the crash.

    The crash happened on Hwy 101 south of Wheeler around 5:45 p.m.

    The investigation found Philip Meier, 29, of Tillamook was southbound when he lost control of his Nissan Alitma in a curve in the road.

    Witnesses told state police that the Altima was sideways in the northbound lane when a GMC SUV crashed into the car's passenger side.

    A 29-year-old died after he lost control of his car on Highway 101 and slide into oncoming traffic Wednesday evening, Oregon State Police said. (OSP)

    Meier died from his injuries, police said.

    The driver of the SUV - idnetified as Talbot Bethell, 75, of Netarts - and his passengers - Anne Bethell, 75, of Netarts - were taken by ambulance to Tillamook Medical Center with unknown injuries, police said.

    The crash and investigation closed one lane of Hwy 101 for over 4 hours.

    State plice said the investigation is ongoing.

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