VENETA, Ore. — A head-on collision near Veneta killed one driver early Thursday morning.
When deputies arrived to the scene of the crash, they found that a semi truck had completely torn off the top of a Honda Accord after the two vehicles collided head-on.
Troopers say at about 8 a.m. a large Lane County Public Works Truck was headed west on Highway 126 when the oncoming Honda crossed the center line.
“We have to let our investigation take its course and try to figure out why the honda was in the wrong lane, he could’ve been passing he could’ve lost control, we just don’t know at this point in time,” said Lt. Rob Edwards, Oregon State Police.
The collision killed the Honda’s 32-year-old driver, who wasn’t wearing his seat belt properly, and the semi’s driver was treated for minor injuries.
The mess left behind took crews a while to clean up, forcing drivers to find another route.
“Probably a 10-minute delay at most, but there is a detour set up,” Lt. Edwards said.
“Everybody was turning around or turning some other way. I didn’t have time to do diversionary action to get where I was going. I would’ve been so late. It would’ve been silly,” said Elmira resident Kate E. Cole.
That driver from Elmira says she travels this route often and has seen too many crashes like this one.
“There often are bad wrecks opposite Diess Feed and Seed because people try and turn left and nobody’s, people don’t pay attention that well. I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents,” Cole said.
The lieutenant on the scene of the crash says this was one of the worst crashes he’s seen when it comes to damage of the vehicles.