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Dec-28-2008 18:50printcomments

Corvallis Woman Dies in Crash on Highway 101 near Seal Rock (PHOTOS))

Five people were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

Crash near Seal rock, Oregon 12-27-08
Photos of crash scene: Oregon State Police

(NEWPORT, Ore.) - Police say a Corvallis-area woman died and four other people were injured Saturday evening in a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near Seal Rock in Lincoln County.

Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Greg Plummer says around 7:15 PM, a 1998 Toyota Camry driven by 29-year old Sangeet Kumar Lal of Corvallis, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 149.

"As the Toyota was negotiating a downhill sharp right curve the right side tires left the roadway. LAL overcorrected and the car spun across the southbound lane, striking a guardrail and continued to spin out of control."

Plummer says the Toyota was struck in the rear by a southbound 1996 Ford Econoline van driven by 52-year old Douglas M. Howard of Battle Ground, Washington.

Five people were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

All were using safety restraints and the Ford van's airbags deployed, Plummer said.


The Toyota's left rear passenger, 25-year old Gayatri Shrivastava of Corvallis, died after arriving at the hospital.

Lal received serious injuries and was transferred by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for further treatment.

Two other Toyota passengers received minor injuries.

They are identified as right front passenger, 29-year old Arnab Mukherjee of Baltimore, Maryland, and right rear passenger, 23-year old Mrinmoy Saha of Corvallis.

Plummer says Howard received minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Seal Rock Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT assisted at the scene.

Highway 101 was closed and traffic diverted for approximately four hours.




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