Sunday afternoon crash sends multiple victims to hospitals

Multiple people were injured, including a 7-year-old girl who was taken by Life Flight to a hospital, in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 west of Sweet Home Sunday afternoon, June 21.

The crash was reported at 5:12 p.m. at the corner of Highway 20 and Liberty Road, near milepost 23.

According to an Oregon State Police report, a blue Ford minivan pulled out in front of a black Honda Accord, which T-boned the van.

The police report did not specify which side of the highway the van pulled out from – both Liberty and Fairview roads intersect the highway at that point. But the wreckage was all on the Liberty side of the highway.

The van, driven by Breanna Rachelle Donaldson, 29, of Newport, contained three children – the 7-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. Donaldson was cited for careless driving and driving while uninsured, according to the police report.

The 7-year-old was taken by a Life Flight chopper to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The Honda was driven by Yuritzi Aretzi Rivas, 20, of Albany.

Another passenger, Joseph Michael Todd, 23, of Coos Bay, was also in the crash, but it was unclear from the police report which vehicle he was riding in.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Lloyd Rice Towing, the report said.

SHFAD Batallion Chief Randy Whitfield said three medic units from Sweet Home and one from Lebanon responded. While rescue personnel were dealing with the crash, he said, SHFAD received two other injury calls.

“It was a busy afternoon,” he said.