NEWPORT, Ore. -- Nine people, including several teenagers, were taken to the hospital Saturday after a head-on collision on the Oregon coast.
Brandon Schooley, 19, of Eugene, was driving on Highway 101 north of Florence when he crossed the center line and crashed into a car being driven by Han Kim, 25, also from Eugene, according to OSP Sergeant Andy Kenyon.
Kim and his passengers were from the Eugene area and believed to be University of Oregon students. One passenger, David Chai, 25, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with critical injuries. Two other passengers, Ester King, 21, and Bin Seo, 19, were taken to Sacred Heart with serious injuries. Minhye Park, 21, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis and was later treated and released.
Schooley and his passengers were taken to Good Samaritan, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. His passengers include Nicholas Torres, 20, from Eugene; Samantha Frese, 17, from Cottage Grove; and Felicia Baldwin, 17, from Cottage Grove.
Both drivers and all of their passengers were wearing seat belts. Police have not said why they think Schooley crossed the center line or if he will be cited.
The OSP responded, along with Lane County Sheriff s deputies, a US Forest Service officer, ODOT crews, and emergency responders from Siuslaw Fire Department, Western Lane Ambulance, South Lincoln County Ambulance, and Lincoln County.
The highway was closed for about two hours as police worked to clean up the wreckage and investigate the crash scene.