Highway 20 crash
Emergency responders assist at the scene of Saturday’s crash on Highway 20. One of the drivers involved sustained serious injuries. The highway was closed for more than an hour. (Photo courtesy of Philomath Fire & Rescue)

Two vehicles traveling in opposite directions on Highway 20 Saturday afternoon collided in what was described as “an apparent glancing head-on collision at highway speeds.” A third vehicle was also involved.

Philomath Fire & Rescue responded to the crash at 4:01 p.m. in an area located about 3 miles east of Eddyville in the vicinity of Wakefield Road. The local unit assisted at the request of Lincoln County 911 Dispatch with a truck and Capt. Rich Saalsaa as duty officer.

Saalsaa reported that the two vehicles that hit nearly head-on sustained major damage. The vehicles’ occupants were not trapped in the wreckage. The driver of each vehicle was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis — one with serious injuries and the other with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The third vehicle involved was struck as a result of the initial collision. A family of four was traveling in the vehicle, including two children. The family’s mother, a front seat passenger, only had minor injuries and was treated at the scene, Saalsaa said, adding that the adults were in seatbelts and the children were secured in car seats. Airbags deployed in each vehicle.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was at the scene to conduct an investigation of the crash. Highway 20 was closed in both directions for over an hour, Saalsaa said, while the vehicles and debris were removed from the highway.

In addition to LCSO and Philomath, others responding to the crash included the Toledo Fire Department, Pac West Ambulance and the Corvallis Fire Department with an ambulance.