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Six People Hurt in Head-On Crash Near CreswellSalem-News.com Staff
One of the Nissan's occupants, 42-year-old Maria Ynez, from Eugene, was transported by air ambulance.
(CRESWELL, Ore. ) - Oregon State Police is continuing their investigation into the cause of Saturday evening's serious injury two vehicle head-on traffic crash on Highway 200 west of Creswell.
Six people were transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
According to Trooper Cale Day, at approximately 3:42 p.m., a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by 20-year-old Rick A. Kitzel from Eugene, was traveling southbound on Territorial Highway near milepost 34 at Hamm Road when the pickup crossed the centerline.
A northbound 1999 Nissan Pathfinder operated by 40-year-old Marcos Quiahua-Quiahua, from Eugene, swerved into the southbound lane to avoid the pickup. The pickup's driver then moved back into the southbound lane where both vehicles collided head-on.
The five occupants in the Nissan Pathfinder and the pickup's driver were all transported with serious injuries to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.
One of the Nissan's occupants, 42-year-old Maria Ynez, from Eugene, was transported by air ambulance. The others were taken by ground ambulance.
OSP is working in cooperation with the Lane County District Attorney's Office as part of the ongoing investigation.
OSP was assisted at the scene by South Lane Rural Fire District, Eugene and Springfield fire departments, and ODOT. The highway was blocked about three hours.
Source: Oregon State Police
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