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