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Driver Faces Charges Following I-5 Crash

BROWNSVILLE, Ore. – Oregon State Police says a Springfield man faces numerous charges following Tuesday afternoon’s serious injury crash on Interstate 5.

OSP says around 4:17 p.m., a 1995 BMW four-door was traveling northbound on I-5 when the driver lost control on the wet pavement, crossed the median, stopped in the southbound lanes and was struck by a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero.

The driver of the BMW, Aaron L. Brown, 28, of Springfield, and passenger, Jolene Powell, 34, of Veneta, were removed from the car by Halsey Shedd Fire Protection District firefighters. OSP says after Brown was removed, a concealed firearm was found on him and secured for evidence. Brown and Powell were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious, non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers say neither were wearing safety restraints.

The driver of the Alero, Curtis Fogelquist, 57, of Eugene, and passenger, Joseph Bertrand, 41, of Eugene, were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with minor injuries. Troopers say both were using safety restraints and their vehicle’s airbags deployed.

OSP cited Brown for driving under the influence of intoxicants-drugs, unlawful possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault in the fourth degree and driving while suspended.

Photos courtesy of Oregon State Police.

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