High-speed crash kills one

One of the vehicles involved in the five-car crash is towed to Reedsport by Mast Brothers towing.

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LAKESIDE — One person died, and three were taken to local hospitals Tuesday after a high-speed pursuit on U.S. Highway 101 ended in a head-on collision. 

An Oregon State Police trooper tried to stop Carl R. Haney, 35, of Gold Beach, who was driving a gold Chevy Cavalier for speeding, at around 5 p.m. as he went north on the highway, investigating officers said. 

Haney sped up to over 100 mph and fled from the trooper, who lost sight of him for a brief time.

The trooper caught up with Haney short of the bridge after Spinreel Road. The man attempted to cross into southbound traffic at nearly 110 mph and clipped a red four-door car before colliding head on with a white minivan and a cargo truck. The car also hit a white PT Cruiser and the guardrail before coming to rest in a tangled mess near the center line. 

Haney was pronounced dead at the scene. Dawn and Thomas Cody, of Chula Vista, Calif., were driving the van and were rushed to Bay Area Hospital. David W. King, 51, of Coos Bay, was driving the PT Cruiser and was taken to Lower Umpqua Hospital.

‘Doing OK’

Mike Edwards, patient care supervisor for BAH, said the Codys were listed in fair condition. Nurse Kim Kirby at Lower Umpqua said King was “doing OK.” 

The drivers of the truck and the red car walked away without injuries.

James Gully, who was standing at the bridge at the time of the accident and captured home video of it, said he heard a loud bang and scraping noise.

“It was really loud,” he said. 

Lt. Steve Smartt of OSP said the Chevy Cavalier was registered out of Curry County. Police remain unsure why Haney tried to outrun the trooper. 

Smartt also said the trooper was “very shaken up” by the incident, but that he was not hurt. 

Traffic snarled

Northbound traffic was backed up for hours on 101. Road crews, firefighters and police detoured cars to Spinwheel Road, but traffic was so clogged people were at a standstill for hours.

Truck driver Stan Burks, who hauls building materials along the coast from Salem, said he had been stuck directly in front of the accident for hours.

“It looks like I am going to be here for a while,” he said. 

All five cars were towed away around 9:30 p.m., and Smartt said that it looked like most of them would be totaled. 

Reporter Jesse Higgins contributed to this story. Reporter Tyler Richardson can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 236, or at trichardson@theworldlink.com.

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