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Sep-24-2007 06:37printcomments

Two Dead, One Injured in Lane County Crash

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash police said.

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(SPRINGFIELD, Ore. ) - A Springfield woman and a Pleasant Hill woman were killed and Pleasant Hill man injured in a two car head-on collision Sunday afternoon near Springfield.

At about 4:40 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle head-on traffic collision on Jasper Road about three miles east of Springfield.

The investigation showed a 2003 Chevrolet pick-up operated by Natalie Ann Peterson, 19, of Springfield, was traveling eastbound on Jasper Rd near Mile Post 3.

For an unknown reason, her vehicle left the roadway and drifted onto the right shoulder.

Peterson then over corrected, veered to the left, crossed the center line and went into the westbound lane.

A 1987 Mercedes sedan driven by Donald Laird, 60, of Pleasant Hill, was traveling westbound approaching the pick-up. Donna Laird, 55, of Pleasant Hill, was also riding in the Mercedes.

The Chevrolet pick-up crossed into the path of the Mercedes and they collided head-on in the westbound lane.

Natalie Peterson and Donna Laird were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Donald Laird was transported to by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital and was reported to be in stable condition. Traffic was reduce to one lane on the roadway for about four hours.

At this point alcohol, does not appear to be a factor in the crash. All three occupants were wearing seat belts.

Oregon State Police Troopers are continuing the investigation and OSP was assisted on scene by the Lane County Sheriff's Department and the Lane Rural Fire Department.

(Information from Oregon State Police Press Release)




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