HELIX- Slippery road conditions on the Helix Highway Tuesday morning resulted in a two car head-on crash, sending four people to the hospital with injuries.
Oregon State Police reported Susan Steck Shepherd, 47, of Pendleton, was driving her silver 2000 Honda Passport with her son, Ian James Steck, 15, at around 8:10 a.m. when she lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a snow- and ice-covered corner at milepost 2 of the Helix Highway.
A white 1996 GMC Sierra, driven by Jacy Lee Gibbs, 60, of Wilder, Idaho, coming the other direction was unable to avoid striking the passenger side of Shepherd's vehicle. The two cars were sent into a ditch on the side of the road.
Emergency personnel extricated Steck from the vehicle using the jaws of life. Shepherd, Steck, Gibbs and Gibbs' passenger, Keri Stratton Gibbs, 49, were taken by Pendleton Ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.
Steck was admitted to St. Anthony with a broken left wrist, broken back and broken tailbone. He also received some stitches. Keri Gibbs was treated and released with a sprained ankle and rib injuries, while Jacy Gibbs and Shepherd were treated for minor injuries and released.
The crash also caused another minor accident on the same slick corner of the highway. Another vehicle came around the corner, saw the accident and tried to slow down, but instead slid off the roadway. The car behind it did the same.
Lt. Darin Helman of OSP said an Athena-Weston ambulance had the same problem, getting stuck in a ditch near the scene of the accident. Pendleton Ambulance was called to transport the accident victims.
Helman said none of the drivers involved received citations.
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