Additional passenger dies from injuries in fatal Tillamook County crash

Tillamook County – Karen Mae Andrehsen, age 62, from Warren, has died as a result of her injuries sustained in a crash that occurred earlier this month.

On Sunday, June 10, a 33-year-old Tillamook man died and four people sustained serious injuries in a head-on, two-vehicle collision on Oregon Highway 6 near milepost 24.

On June 11, Oregon State Police (OSP) issued a press release that provided details of the fatal accident that occurred outside of Tillamook just east of Lee’s Camp Store.

Last Sunday at about 3:20 p.m. a white 1996 Saturn SL, driven by George Madsen IV of Tillamook, who was traveling westbound on Highway 6, crossed the centerline “for an unknown reason” and struck a silver 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van.

The eastbound Chrysler van, driven by Debra Ann Frappier, 60, of Scappoose, included three passengers — Geraldine May Murphy, 84, of Warren, Karen Mae Andrehsen, 62, also of Warren, and Kathy Marie Thomas, 56, of Columbia City.

The Saturn came to rest facing west in the eastbound lane against the guardrail and the Chrysler came to rest facing east in the eastbound lane.

Madsen died at the scene from injuries sustained during the head-on collision. Emergency medical responders rushed Frappier and Thomas, both of whom sustained serious injuries, by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Andrehsen and Murphy, who also sustained serious injuries, were transported by ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland.

OSP shut down traffic on Highway 6 from Tillamook to Banks for about four hours following the June 10 crash and diverted drivers to Highway 26.

Portland television news station KATU reported that witnesses said the westbound Madsen was speeding and illegally passing cars.

The area where the accident occurred was inside a 30-mile stretch of highway near NW Gales Creek Road where no cell phone service is available.

A June 2017 ODOT crash analysis report says there were about 80 vehicle collisions in 2015 on that same stretch of Highway 6 between Banks and the Tillamook city limits.

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Fire and Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Metro West Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson holds a bachelors in journalism and an MBA in marketing. He’s a 10-time, Oregon SPJ award-winning journalist, a two-time winner of an ADDY (advertising) for copywriting, and a one-time award winner for fiction for the NW Coastal Writer’s Series. Email: Twitter: @rosecitywriting