Fatigued wife driving causes car accident, husband dies
ESTACADA, Ore. -- A single vehicle crash along Highway 211 left one passenger dead after the driver became fatigued behind the wheel according to Oregon State Police.
Alice M. Schweitzer, 81, of Boring, Ore. was driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy northbound on Highway 211 between Colton and Estacada on Sunday. The Legacy suddenly veered off the highway onto a grassy embankment below.
The car flipped onto its roof and both Schweitzer and her husband, Donald Schweitzer, were pulled from the vehicle by responding firefighters from Estacada and Colton.
Schweitzer was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with minor injuries.
Her husband Donald, 86, was flown by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel where he later died. They were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Upon interviewing Schweitzer at the crash site Trooper Cameron Bailey, the lead investigator, determined fatigue to be a contributing factor of this accident.
State police were assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Colton Fire, Estacada Fire, Molalla Fire ambulance, and AMR ambulance. Troopers are continuing their investigation.