SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An elderly Eugene man is dead after he crashed his car into a tree Sunday morning. It happened on Glenwood Boulevard in front of the Sanipac facility just before 9 a.m.
The investigation is still in the preliminary stages, but Springfield Police officers did say that speed was definitely a factor. Officers said the 79-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The damage was extensive as the car was wrapped around the tree. They reported that the elderly driver was going over the 45 mile-an-hour speed limit when his car went off road.
“The engine is basically sitting in the front seats of the car. So there’s a lot of impact there to push all that back and wrap the car around the tree,” said Officer Matt Bohman of the Springfield Police Department.
As the front end of the car was pushed very far in, firefighters had to cut into the car in order to remove the body. The man’s name has not yet been released. Police are waiting to notify the family.