Buxton, Crash, News

Two dead after Friday crash on Highway 47 near Buxton

The Oregon State Police said that two people had died as a result of a crash on Highway 47 north of Nowakowski Road Friday, February 17.

According to a press release from OSP, emergency crews responded to the area near Stub Stewart State Park, near milepost 74, around 3:05 p.m.

Two vehicles were involved.

According to the OSP’s initial investigation, Destanie King, 26 of Vernonia, was driving a green 1999 Subaru Legacy wagon north on Highway 47 when for unknown reasons, the Legacy crossed into the oncoming lane.

The passenger side of the vehicle, now facing north in the southbound lane, collided with the front of a red 2014 Subaru Outback Wagon driving south.

King was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries, and died at the scene.

The driver of the Outback, Claire Colburn-Collier, 65, of San Pablo, Calif. and a passenger, Michael Collier, 66, also of San Pablo, were transported by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel with what the OSP described as life threatening injuries.

Michael Collier died from his injuries Saturday, Feb. 18.

The highway was closed for about three hours while an investigation was conducted.

Also on scene was the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Banks Fire District, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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