EUGENE, Ore. — A 10-year-old boy was life-flighted to the hospital with serious injuries after a head on crash in West Eugene early Sunday morning. The two-vehicle crash happened near Highway 99 and Fairfield Avenue around 3 a.m. Police say the driver that caused the crash was intoxicated. Witnesses called the scene a mangled mess that closed down a portion of Highway 99 for at least six hours.
By 7 a.m., there were few reminders left of the mayhem that happened on the corner just hours before. Out getting his morning paper, Eugene resident Wayne Spangler ran into the active crash scene.
“When I came around the corner, there was the big police car and command center,” said Spangler.
A father and his 10-year-old son had been out delivering newspapers when they were hit by another driver.
“A blue Dodge truck was traveling north on Highway 99 when a green Toyota who was traveling southbound crossed over the center line and head on collided with that blue truck,” said Officer Michael Klews with the Eugene Police Department.
The crash didn’t stop there. Klews said, “The blue truck then ended up right behind me here and the green truck ended up upside-down on its roof at the gas station right here and actually caught on fire.”
The fire didn’t spread thanks to the quick thinking of a station gas attendant who jumped to extinguish the flames.
“The potential is always there for things to get worse and if it’s not for the average citizen quote-end-quote to step in and make the scene as safe as possible it absolutely could have been a lot worse,” said Klews.
Police said 19-year old Tyler Jarred was in the green truck that crossed the center line. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. In the blue truck, the young boy, Ethan Hathaway, was life-flighted to a Portland hospital with serious injuries as well. The dad was expected to be fine. Although it was a horrific crash scene, officers said it could have a been a lot worse.
“I thought somebody had to die in that little car because it was upside-down and crushed and I mean crushed sitting in the bush in front of the 76 Station,” said Spangler.