On Sep. 16, at approximately 7 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) and emergency personnel responded to a non-injury bus crash on US Hwy 101 in Manzanita. The bus was occupied by 46 Army National Guard members from the HHC 1-186 IN from Medford.
The Manzanita Police Department and Manzanita City Hall assisted with the busload of Army enlisted men and women from Camp Rilea.
Preliminary investigation revealed the bus had been en route to Portland. The bus they had been traveling on crashed at Highway 101 at Laneda Avenue. The driver, Kenneth Alexander, age 44, from Vancouver, Washington missed the turn onto US Hwy 26 outside of Seaside.
“The chartered bus driver had a medical issue and ran off the road at Highway 101 at the entrance to Manzanita at about 6:30 a.m.,” Mayor of Manzanita, Mike Scott, said. “We hosted 50 soldiers at City Hall until a replacement bus arrived at about 11 a.m.”
There were no injuries reported and the driver was transported to Tillamook County General Hospital for medical evaluation.
Big Wave Restaurant and the Manzanita Little Apple Market also provided assistance with the incident.