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Fiery Car Crash on Highway 101 Hospitalizes One, Two Others Injured


Date: February 26, 2011
Location: Highway 101 Near Milepost 130 South of Depoe Bay
Names: Nathan Wells Biel, James R. Reed, Joshua D. Mehl

The driver of a car that burst into flames was pulled from the fiery crash and hospitalized in stable condition.

News releases from the Oregon State Police stated that at about 4:06pm Nathan Wells Biel, age 25 of Lincoln City, was driving south in a 2005 Mazda RX8 on Highway 101 near milepost 130 when he lost control in a curve and careened into an oncoming 2009 GMC Sierra pickup truck being driven north by James R. Reed, age 60, also of Lincoln City.

After the impact, Biel’s Mazda hit a tree and caught fire. His passenger, Joshua D. Mehl, age 25 of Albany, was able to pull him partially out of the wreckage before emergency responders and other drivers arrived to help. The Mazda was later fully engulfed in flames.

Biel was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where he was reported to be in stable condition.

Reed and Mehl suffered minor injuries. Both men were transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and later released.

All occupants of the vehicles were believed to be using safety restraints.

Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this Portland car accident, and we sincerely wish them all a speedy recovery. We are especially thankful that there were passing drivers who stopped to assist getting Mr. Biel out of his burning vehicle. Their quick and unselfish response may have saved his life.

Many traffic crashes are difficult to explain, and especially when injury is involved, it is important to contact a qualified Portland personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation. We provide information on finding a good personal injury lawyer, and if you have questions after a car crash, please contact us.