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Two injured and facing charges after crash on Highway 26

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Oregon State Police said two men were injured Monday night when the car they were traveling in crashed and rolled on Highway 26 near Seaside.

According to OSP Trooper Lewis Topinka, a Mitsubishi Galant was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 8 at about 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve. The driver lost control on the icy road, and the car traveled off the right shoulder, clipped a tree, skidded across the highway and rolled on its top in the westbound lane.

Witnesses arriving after the crash reported seeing a man, later identified as 20-year-old Jarrod Lusby from Seaside, climbing out of the overturned car and laying on the highway while he waited for medics to arrive.

His passenger, 20-year-old Tanner Cuzick from Seaside, also climbed out and fled the scene before police and fire personnel arrived.

Lusby was transported by Medix ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Department deployed a K-9 to search for Cuzick and quickly found him lying in a ditch with serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Seaside Providence Hospital.

OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. The car involved in the crash was reported stolen from the Seaside area about 30 minutes before the crash.

Charges are pending against both men.

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