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Police: Alcohol possible factor in head-on crash that hurt 4 adults, 2 kids

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ASTORIA, OR (KPTV) -

Four adults and two children were hurt in a head-on crash near the Oregon coast, and police said alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor.

Emergency crews were called out to Highway 30 near Milepost 85, about 10 miles east of Astoria, at 4:10 p.m. Thursday.

Police said a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Sharon Ritola, 70, of Astoria, was heading westbound on the highway when it crossed the centerline and collided with a 2003 Volvo four-door car.

Ritola was thrown out of her truck and seriously injured. She was taken to a Portland hospital and was in critical condition Friday.

Investigators said alcohol is being investigated as a possible factor for her driving.

The driver of the Volvo, Tyler Van Sant, 24, of Vancouver, was also seriously injured. He is now at a Vancouver hospital continuing to receive treatment.

Two adult passengers in the Volvo suffered no life-threatening injuries, according to police. Two girls, ages 3 and 6 years old, were also in the car. They were taken to a Seaside hospital with injuries described as minor.

The highway was closed for several hours for the investigation, which is continuing in this case.

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