March 14, 2018 4:00 a.m.
A Yoncalla man was one of two people hurt, and a Hillsboro man died in a two vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Lincoln County.
Lieutenant Cari Boyd from Oregon State Police says that at about 4:15 a.m. troopers and emergency workers responded to the accident on State Route Highway 18. Boyd says the preliminary investigation indicates that a van driven by 58 year old Ulysses Semsem was eastbound when it failed to negotiate a rightward sweeping curve. The vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a FedEx commercial motor vehicle. Semsem was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The FedEx vehicle was driven by 59 year old Ruby James from Coos Bay. It finally stopped about 75 feet down an embankment and into a creek feeding the Salmon River. The passenger in the FedEx vehicle, 54 year old Tony Kimber of Yoncalla, and the vehicle’s driver were both transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City with minor injuries.
Boyd says the highway was completely closed for five hours. Oregon State Police were assisted by a number of agencies.