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Crash on Highway 22 injures six

GRAND RONDE -- Six people were injured, four seriously, in a two-car accident on Highway 22 on Aug. 28.

GRAND RONDE -- Six people were injured, four seriously, in a two-car accident on Highway 22 on Aug. 28.

The incident occurred at 8:44 a.m. near the Grand Ronde Road intersection, according to an Oregon State Police (OSP) report.

Alyssa Cudmore, 21, of Dallas was driving westbound in a Ford Expedition with six passengers. Cudmore pulled onto the right shoulder and turned around to head left back onto the highway when her vehicle was struck from behind by a Ford pickup towing a trailer, OSP said.

Seven employees of the U.S. Department of Natural Resources, including Cudmore, were riding in the Expedition. Five of the passengers were not wearing seat belts, and two of those were riding on the vehicle floor -- one between the two front seats and one in a rear cargo area, OSP said.

Joe Waldron, 19, of Dallas and Douglas Gray, 18, of Grand Ronde were ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries. They were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by air ambulance.

Winston Mercier, 18, of Grand Ronde and Shannon Grosse, 17, of Willamina were seriously injured and taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. Jennifer Robertson, 43, of Willamina was transported to Salem Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Cudmore and front passenger Eric Gretzon, 18, of Grand Ronde were both restrained and were evaluated by medical personnel on scene.

The three Sherwood men riding in the pickup, driver Jeffrey Bernt, 25, and passengers Ronald Bernt, 51, and Joseph Bernt, 27, were all wearing seatbelts and did not require emergency transportation, OSP said.

OSP and the Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team are investigating the collision, which closed traffic on the highway for several hours.


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