WHEELER — A fatal crash Wednesday night near Wheeler claimed the life of a 29-year-old Tillamook man. Philip Meier was driving a 2008 Nissa Altima when the car lost control. Witnesses said that the Nissan Altima was sideways in the northbound lane when a northbound gray 2018 GMC SUV, operated by Talbot Bethell, 75, from Netarts, collided with the Nissan on the passenger side.
Both were transported to Tillamook Medical Center. Meier died of injuries sustained from the crash.
Police say speed and wet roadways are possible contributing factors in the crash.