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Local News: Military personnel bus crashes on Hwy 101 in Manzanita

Military personnel bus crashes on Hwy 101 in Manzanita

by Joanne Rideout

Early Tuesday morning, a bus carrying military personnel was involved in a crash on Hwy 101 in
Manzanita.

On board the bus were 46 Army National Guard members from from Medford, Oregon. The bus had left
Camp Rilea in Warrenton, headed south on Hwy 101 en route to Portland.

Passengers became concerned after the driver, Kenneth Alexander of Vancouver, Washington, missed the
turn onto Hwy 26, used his cell phone, and showed signs of impairment.

Not long after wards, in Manzanita, the driver lost control of the bus and crashed it on the sidewalk. The
driver was transported to local hospital for evaluation. No other injuries were reported. The City of
Manzanita opened City Hall to the members of the National Guard until another bus arrived.

The Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office will review the case for charges of Driving under the
Influence and 46 counts of Reckless Endangering against the driver.