Highway 126 Closure Impacts Drivers

CUSHMAN, Ore. — Travelers heading to Florence Sunday afternoon had to wait a few hours to get through a flooded portion of Highway 126. Florence resident Neil Karp says the closure on Highway 126 Sunday afternoon wasn’t the first road closure he had to deal with this weekend. Saturday the Highway 101 closure delayed his … Continue reading »

Speed Trailer, Extra Patrols on Hwy. 126

EUGENE, Ore. — Drivers will see additional patrols, along with a speed indication trailer, on Highway 126 between Eugene and the coast. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with Oregon State Police to decrease motor vehicle accidents. Funding for the coverage is coming from a grant. Last week, two Mapleton High School students died … Continue reading »

A Cup for a Cause in Veneta

VENETA, Ore — A cup for a cause Thursday in Veneta; a huge outpouring of support for the families impacted by the fatal crash on Highway 126 near Mapleton, one week ago. Folks from all over came to Cup of Joe for a fundraiser benefiting the families of Abby Boydston and Olivia Nicol. People could … Continue reading »

Detailing Tragedy: Crash Survivor Speaks

VENETA, Ore. — After five days in the hospital, a Mapleton student is finally back home following last week’s deadly crash on Highway 126. 15-year-old Olivia Nicol is talking about the wreck that killed two of her classmates and the support that immediately followed. In an emotional interview KEZI 9 News Reporter Sarah Hurwitz sat … Continue reading »

ODOT to Underwrite Extra Patrols

EUGENE, Ore. — Due to a dramatic jump in deadly crashes on Highway 126 between Florence and Eugene, ODOT is planning extra safety precautions. Ten people have died on the roadway this year alone, including Thursday’s fatalities in Mapleton. In the last six years, there has been an average of one crash every three and … Continue reading »

Highway 126 Open After Man Surrenders

UPDATE: Highway 126 is back open after it was closed for hours Saturday afternoon while Springfield police negotiated with a suicidal subject. Police say the 26-year-old man was sitting on the protective fencing on the Mohawk overpass and threatening to jump. After three hours of negotiation, the man surrender to officers. He was taken to … Continue reading »

Deadly Crash on Highway 126

NEAR WALTON, Ore. — A fiery crash on Highway 126 turns deadly. The crash happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night about two miles east of Walton. Oregon State Police say they’re still piecing together what caused the crash. As of about 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, officers were still on scene investigating. Several police cars … Continue reading »

Log Truck Crash In Noti

NOTI, Ore. — The scene of a log truck crash in Noti is cleared after hours of traffic delays. Oregon State Police responded to a call around 11 a.m. Tuesday that a log truck travelling east bound on Highway 126 had overturned, sending logs into the road and the yard of a house. Investigators say … Continue reading »

OSP Investigates Fatal RV Fire

FLORENCE, Ore. — Oregon State Police and the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing their investigation into the death of a person found Saturday night inside a fire-damaged recreational vehicle. Around 8:30 p.m., OSP, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, and Mapleton Fire District responded to two recreational vehicles on fire along Highway 126, about … Continue reading »

Highway 126 Ramps Closed

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The eastbound ramps of the Highway 126 interchange were set up and running Monday morning, but the paving project continues Monday night on the westbound ramps. Crews spent the weekend excavating and rebuilding the road sub grade of the eastbound portion of the 42nd Street interchange, and placed new asphalt on the … Continue reading »

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