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Witnesses sought in Jan. 8 west county accident

POLK COUNTY — Three people were injured in a serious two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 in Polk County the afternoon of Jan. 8.

January 14, 2014

POLK COUNTY — Three people were injured in a serious two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 in Polk County the afternoon of Jan. 8.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP), a preliminary investigation indicates that at 4:18 p.m. on Jan. 8 a 2005 Chevrolet Astro van driven by Joshua D. Lesmeister, 28, of Tenino, Wash., was eastbound on the highway near milepost 15. For an undetermined reason, the van crossed into the westbound lane and collided nearly head-on with a 2008 Honda Civic driven by Megan K. Goss, 34, of Portland.

Emergency crews had to extricate both drivers and an 18-month-old girl from the Honda. Lesmeister was flown to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and Goss was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital. Goss' 18-month-old daughter was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Police said their injuries were serious, but not believed to be life-threatening.

OSP is continuing the investigation and any witnesses who have not spoken with a trooper are asked to contact Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch at 541-265-5354 or send an email to bryan.fitch@state.or.us.

Emergency responders from OSP, Polk County Sheriff's Office, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, West Valley Fire District, Pacific West Ambulance Service and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the scene.

The highway was closed approximately four hours following the crash.