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Serious Single Vehicle DUII Crash in Eugene - Springfield AreaSalem-News.com
A vehicle driven by a Eugene man drifted off the right shoulder, traveled back across the southbound lanes and struck the center concrete barrier where it rolled several times.
(EUGENE, Ore.) - A Eugene man was seriously injured early Monday morning in a single vehicle rollover crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the Eugene/Springfield area. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation for which the man is facing several charges.
According to OSP Trooper Evan Sether, this morning, at approximately 1:48 a.m. troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 191.
The investigation indicates a 1987 GMC Jimmy SUV driven by Russel D. Allen, age 20, from Eugene, was southbound when it drifted off the right shoulder, traveled back across the southbound lanes and struck the center concrete barrier where it rolled several times.
Allen was not wearing his seatbelt and had to be extricated by fire personnel before being transported to the Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend with serious injuries. He will subsequently be charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.
OSP from the Springfield Area Command office were assisted on scene by Springfield Fire & Life Safety, Eugene Fire Department, Goshen Fire & Rescue, and ODOT. Both southbound lanes were closed for approximately two hours.
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