Separate accidents on icy bridges leave two dead.
ELKTON - A 16-year-old Waldport girl and a 30-year-old Coos Bay woman died Sunday morning in unrelated accidents that occurred less than 40 minutes and six miles apart. Both accidents occurred on icy bridges and involved sport utility vehicles.
Sixteen-year-old Natasha Ries was dead at the scene and five others were injured when an SUV lost control on Highway 38 west of Elkton around 10 a.m., Oregon State Police said.
About 40 minutes earlier, 30-year-old Tanya Jeanette Bogart was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 138 four miles southeast of Elkton.
In the later accident, Jerry Taylor, 26, of Waldport was traveling east and crossing Paradise Creek when he lost control of his 2001 Chevrolet Tracker SUV. The vehicle went off the south side of the road and struck some trees before overturning and sliding down an embankment, coming to rest on its top, police said.
Taylor and his wife, 33-year-old Tina Taylor, and three passengers - 16-year-old Forest Terwillager, 9-year-old Tabitha Keefer and 7-year-old Skyler Terwillager - were taken to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport.
The two younger passengers were later transported via Lifeflight Air Ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, where they were listed in serious condition. Natasha Ries was also a passenger.
All the occupants but Forest Terwillager, who was riding in the back of the vehicle, were wearing seat belts, police said.
The earlier accident occurred when Bogart was cross- ing a bridge over the Umpqua River and lost control of her 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitari SUV.
Gerald Carl Rogers, 61, of Oakland, Ore., was traveling west on the bridge. The front of his 2000 GMC Sonoma pickup collided with the driver's side of the Suzuki, investigators said.
Bogart and her daughter, Brittney Manicke, 8, a passenger in the SUV, were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.
Bogart died of her injuries at the hospital.
Manicke was treated for minor injuries and later released. Rogers was not injured, troopers said. All three occupants were wearing seat belts.
Personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Kellogg Fire District assisted state troopers at both accident scenes. Scottsburg Fire Department personnel also assisted at the later accident.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Dec 19, 2005|
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