Two die in crash on Highway 101

Two die in crash on Highway 101
Photo by Oregon State Police

WALDPORT, Ore. -- Two women died in a crash on Highway 101 Sunday morning when their van was hit by a fishtailing flatbed trailer, police said.

69-year-old Suzanne Carol Aiken and her mother, 94-year-old Loise A. Raether, died at the scene.

It happened about two miles north of Waldport at around 11 a.m.

Police said Spencer K. Foley, 23, was driving a pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with an off-road vehicle when the trailer began to slide.

The trailer broke away from the truck and went into the northbound lane, where it hit the van. The off-road vehicle in the trailer also hit the van during the crash.

Police said both women were using seat belts, and airbags deployed during the crash.

Foley and his passengers were not hurt.

The Oregon Department of Transportation closed the highway in both directions while crews managed the crash scene.

Crews opened the highway just after 3 p.m.