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Police Say Car Crash Survivors Were Combative Toward Emergency RespondersSalem-News.com
Four Silverton residents involved in crash that police say was alcohol-related.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Marion County deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash Monday night just before 8:30p.m. in the 7900 block of Hazelgreen Road NE.
According to witnesses and the Marion County Crash Team, a Silver 4-door 2009 Kia was traveling westbound on Hazelgreen Road NE when it left the roadway.
Investigators say the vehicle hit a power pole, continued forward hitting a dirt embankment and flipped, coming to rest on its top, back on the roadway.
Four people inside the vehicle were injured and a fifth person was uninjured, according to Lieutenant Sheila Lorance with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. She says emergency crews arrived to a scene with injured people who were difficult for crews to work with.
"When deputies and Marion County Fire District 1 arrived, several of the occupants became combative and attempted to interfere with deputies and medics on scene. They refused to comply with directives to ensure their safety and at times became extremely loud, vulgar and tried to fight with the deputies."
20-year old Donald Thomas II of Silverton was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with Police and transported to the Marion County Jail. 20-year old Sarah Duddy of Silverton was also cited for Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with Police and transported to Salem Hospital for evaluation.
The driver of the vehicle, 23-year old William Young of Silverton, was transported to Salem Hospital with injuries.
Another passenger, 19-year old Jessica Smith of Silverton was critically injured and transferred from Salem Hospital to Oregon Health Sciences University. The passenger who was uninjured was 18-year old Alexandria Thayer, also of Silverton.
Marion County Crash Team investigators are continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash; however, it appears alcohol was a factor.
Also, Lorance says that while deputies were investigating the crash, the owner of the involved vehicle called Silverton Police and reported it had been stolen. Silverton Police say they are investigating.
Hazelgreen Road was closed in both directions for approximately 8 hours.
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