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Two people were injured in a head-on collision south of Monroe near 24425 Highway 99W on Tuesday evening.

Two drivers were hospitalized after they were critically injured Tuesday evening in a head-on collision on Highway 99W south of Monroe.

According to a Benton County Sheriff’s Office release, 55-year-old Lis Adriana Sorrell of Eugene was driving south on Highway 99, less than a mile south of West Ingram Island Road, in a 2008 Toyota Prius, at about 4:48 p.m. According to witnesses, when she tried to pass a vehicle, she collided with a northbound 2001 Oldsmobile minivan driven by 78-year-old Eugene Francis Bilson of Monroe. (The Sheriff's Office incorrectly identified the driver of the minivan in an earlier release.) 

Monroe Fire Department medics extricated both drivers. Sorrell was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis via a Corvallis Fire Department ambulance and then was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with critical injuries. Legacy Emanuel did not immediately return a reporter’s phone call Wednesday seeking an update on Sorrell’s status.

The critically injured Bilson was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center by REACH Air Ambulance. A hospital spokesperson said Wednesday that Bilson had been transferred elsewhere, but she could not say where he had been taken.

Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. David Peterson at 541-766-6820.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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