Walla Walla businessman injured in wreck

Tom Watson Sr. is in serious condition after his vehicle was struck head-on Wednesday.


Walla Walla businessman Tom Watson Sr. was seriously injured Wednesday in a head-on crash on the Oregon Coast.

An 83-year-old man died and four others, including Watson and his wife Sydnee, were injured in the two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 101, south of Cannon Beach, according to a news report.

Sydnee Watson, 62, was treated and released at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, Ore., after the evening crash. Tom Watson was transferred from there to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where a nursing supervisor said this morning he remained in serious condition.

According to a report in The Daily Astorian newspaper, the Watsons were southbound on the highway, about a mile north of the Arch Cape tunnel, when their 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup was struck head-on by a 1994 Volvo four-door driven by Charles E. Nilson,

Nilson, 83, of Lake Forest Park, Wash., was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Carol Nilson, 79, and daughter, Debra Nilson, 53, from Seattle, were transported to Providence Seaside Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the report said.

Details about why Nilson's vehicle crossed the center line on the straight stretch of highway were not immediately available this morning. According to the report, Oregon State Patrol troopers from the Astoria Area Command office and OSP collision reconstruction specialists are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Watson, 64, is an entrepreneur who owns numerous commercial properties throughout the area, including commercial stretches along Ninth Avenue and Main Street. He also owned the property bought by Wal-Mart for the construction and operation of its College Place store.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.


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