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2 drivers killed after head-on collision on Oregon highway

The Oregon State Police has confirmed that the second driver involved in a head-on collision on Highway 126W died the morning of July 17. The two-car crash took place near milepost 50 between Eugene and Veneta on the day prior. At the time of the accident, both drivers were reportedly wearing seat belts.

According to investigators' preliminary report, the fatal car accident occurred when a westbound 2008 Toyota Prius crossed over the centerline and struck a 1986 Toyota 4Runner. It is not yet known why the driver lost control of the Prius. A state trooper commented that investigators would need to reconstruct the accident scene to glean further details. The reconstruction could take investigators as long as a few weeks to complete. He did say, however, that this accident appeared to be "fairly simple" and the investigation would most likely take only two weeks.

3-vehicle highway accident injures 1

Oregon State Police say that a minor accident on Highway 101 near Seaside sent one person to the hospital on July 8. State and Seaside police were notified about the auto accident shortly after 2:30 p.m. After emergency crews arrived, traffic was allowed to proceed past the accident scene using a single lane in a rotating manner.

According to officials, a large truck carrying wood debris was heading north on the highway when the driver lost control near mile marker 24. Two vehicles, an SUV and a van, were forced off the road, and the wood debris hit them and caused substantial damage. The Seaside Police Department said that the SUV and van were destroyed. One of the people involved in the accident suffered a minor injury and was taken to an area hospital.

1 injured in 5-vehicle crash on I-5

Oregon State Police say that one person was charged with careless driving after a five-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 in Wilsonville that sent a woman to the hospital. The auto accident happened in the northbound lanes near the 283-mile marker at about 2 p.m. on July 12, causing traffic to come to a stop.

Authorities say that a 22-year-old man crashed into the back of a Ford Escape. The impact sent the Escape into another vehicle, causing a chain reaction that involved two more vehicles. The 45-year-old female driver of the Escape had to be freed from the SUV. She suffered potentially serious injuries and was taken to Oregon Health & Science University. Officials did not consider her injuries to be life-threatening.

Violent accident on Oregon highway injures 4

A Crawfordsville auto accident involving two vehicles that collided head-on hospitalized four individuals, according to authorities. The July 2 collision happened on Highway 228 at approximately 9 p.m.

According to the Oregon State Police, a 23-year-old woman was driving a Ford Taurus east on the highway at a high rate of speed when she attempted without success to overtake two vehicles at the same time. The woman reportedly crashed into a westbound Hyundai.

Man injured in Oregon DUI crash files lawsuit against hotel

A man who was in a car accident in Oregon back in July 2012 filed a lawsuit against a Portland hotel on July 1. According to the complaint, the man, age 20, suffered a fractured skull after a 17-year-old was served alcohol by the hotel at a wedding reception and caused an accident while attempting to drive.

The plaintiff claimed that the hotel failed to check the 17-year-old's ID before giving him alcohol even though he was apparently showing signs of being intoxicated. Additionally, the plaintiff claimed that guests brought their own alcohol to the reception, where it was placed on a table so that any of the guests, including underage guests, could get ahold of it.

Man taken into custody in accident that injured 2

Readers in northwestern Oregon might have heard that officials took a 42-year-old Camas, Washington, man into custody in connection with an accident near the Oregon border in Battle Ground, Washington, that injured two individuals. According to the police, the man was driving a 2000 F-150 Ford truck when he failed to stop at a stop sign. His truck truck then collided with another car that was traveling east on the same road.

The driver of the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, and the other passenger in the car was also transported to the same hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers also stated that both vehicles in the accident sustained substantial damage.

Oregon accident in tunnel injures 4

Authorities report that a three-car accident in a Portland tunnel on June 25 left four individuals injured. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

According to local police, the chain-reaction collision occurred when a 19-year-old Snohomish, Washington, man driving a Toyota Camry fainted as a result of attempting to hold his breath as he drove through the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel on Highway 26. After fainting, he lost control of his car, crossed the centerline and struck an SUV, causing both vehicles to crash into the tunnel walls. At that point, a pickup truck struck the Toyota Camry.

Flyover flaw claimed as accident cause

Five tort claims were filed against the Oregon Department of Transportation for their failure to notify the public concerning structural problems on the ramp joining northbound Interstate 5 to Oregon 217. There were several crashes caused by the flyover issues, and the citizens are asking for reimbursement for medical bills and vehicle damage.

ODOT admitted that a bad road joint was coming apart and had probably contributed to more than 12 accidents. The teeth of the metal seam were sticking up and tripping up tires of vehicles. One of the plaintiffs lost control of his car as he was traveling on the ramp.

Oregon head-on car crash seriously injures 20-year-old man

A head-on car crash has resulted in four people being taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The accident occurred around 6:15 p.m. June 19 just east of Woodburn. A Chevrolet pickup truck with three passengers on board was traveling west on Highway 211 in the vicinity of milepost 1 at the same time that a 1993 Buick was traveling in the opposite direction.

According to reports, the 30-year-old driver of the pickup failed to maintain his lane and crossed over the centerline into the path of the Buick, striking it head on. Due to the impact, both vehicles were forced off the road onto an embankment. Some of the victims were trapped inside their vehicle until first responders could free them. Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash and have not said what caused the pickup to cross over the centerline.

Injuries turn fatal for second victim in Oregon freeway crash

A 90-year-old Amity man who was involved in a recent car accident on Highway 22 has reportedly succumbed to his injuries, according to the Oregon State Police. His death was announced two days after the June 10 crash that claimed the life of his 91-year-old wife; he died June 11.

According to reports, the fatal accident occurred at about 1 p.m. near milepost 22 on the highway near Salem when a 75-year-old woman driving an eastbound 2006 Dodge van crashed into the passenger's side of a 2003 Buick sedan driven by the 90-year-old man, who was crossing over the roadway's eastbound lane when he was hit. He had been driving in the westbound lane of the highway when he slowed down and turned on his left signal light, intending to enter the parking area of a restaurant on the other side.

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