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OSP Responds to Weather-Related Crashes

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon State Police have been responding to crashes all day long.

They told KEZI 9 News there’s been too many to count.

OSP say the calls started pouring in early Thursday morning at about 9 a.m., and they’ve been working nonstop ever since.

We’re told on the Beltline alone there were 15 crashes before 10 a.m.

One man says he ended up in a ditch trying to avoid a potential accident.

“I was just driving down the Beltline, and this lady, she lost a little control, so I figured I’d go into the ditch instead of side-swipe her,” said Eugene resident Matthew Crist.

Crist says he was just fine, and so was his vehicle. But, even with huge tires and four-wheel drive, he was stuck in that ditch for more than an hour.

Local and state police have been sending out tweets all day asking folks to stay off the roads unless you absolutely have to drive.

If you do, be very cautious and aware of what’s going on around you, reduce speed, brake slowly and ease through turns.

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