Highway 26 closed for 90 minutes after Toyota, Chevrolet collide

by: COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - A Chevrolet Suburban driven by Seaside resident Elizabeth Aguilar Ponce wound up on its top last Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash that injured Banks resident Bernard Van Domelen.Two people received non-life threatening injuries Nov. 20 in a two-vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 26 and Northwest Harrison Road near Banks in western Washington County.

According to Oregon State Police Trooper Will Brindza, a 2005 Toyota Camry driven by Bernard Van Domelen, 75, of Banks, was traveling south from Northwest Harrison Road to Northwest Banks Road at about 5:22 p.m. last Wednesday when it crossed Highway 26 and was struck by a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Elizabeth Aguilera Ponce, 27, of Seaside.

After the impact, the Suburban rolled and came to rest on its top about 100 yards west of the intersection, police said. The Toyota came to rest in a ditch on the north side of Highway 26.

Van Domelen was transported by ambulance to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. An 81-year old female passenger was not injured.

The Chevrolet’s driver was not injured, but passenger Dagoberto Aguilera Guillen, 22, of Seaside, was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University.

Highway 26 was closed in both directions for 90 minutes for extrication and removal of vehicles. OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Banks Fire District 13, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, public information officer for OSP.

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