Father Discusses Son’s Struggles

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — Ron Spooner says a very private struggle his family has been dealing with for years became very public Tuesday morning when his son got in an altercation, drove erratically down the highway ramming cars, and led troopers on a pursuit. Spooner says his son Ryan was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when … Continue reading »

First Snowfall of the Season

NEAR WILLAMETTE PASS, Ore. — The Central Cascades saw the first snowfall of the season Saturday night, but the snow is already starting to melt. Road conditions along Highway 58 remained slick Sunday – but not icy. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for elevations¬†above 4,000 feet until 5 p.m. Sunday, but … Continue reading »

Fatal Crash Shuts Down Highway 58

UPDATE (July 9): We now know the name of a driver killed in a crash on Highway 58 Tuesday. Oregon State Police says this happened just after 5 p.m. They say an eastbound pickup truck crossed the center line and smashed into a westbound semi, which burst into flames. The driver of the pickup, 55-year-old … Continue reading »

Driver Killed in Crash near Oakridge

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — Highway 58 is still restricted to one lane after a crash Thursday morning killed one driver. It happened just before 8 a.m. about two miles east of Oakridge. Oregon State Police troopers say a truck pulling a trailer was headed westbound when it failed to make it through a right curve. The … Continue reading »

Truck Driver Injured in Crash

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — A truck driver was flown to a hospital after his truck crashed into some trees Monday afternoon. The crash happened on Highway 58 two miles west of Oakridge Monday afternoon. Oregon State Police say the man was driving eastbound on the highway when his truck and two semi-trailers drifted into a steep … Continue reading »

Semi Jackknifes on Highway 58

A semi truck crashed on an icy section of Highway 58 about five miles northwest of Highway 97. Thursday morning around 7:40 a.m., Oregon State Police say a semi truck going westbound on Highway 58 lost control on the icy road, jackknifed and spun 180 degrees before rolling onto its side. The driver was not … Continue reading »

Highway 58 Reopens After 10-car Pile-up

OAKRIDGE, Ore. — ODOT has now re-opened Highway 58 at the Salt Creek Tunnel near Oakridge Friday morning There was a 10-car pileup there Thursday evening, which closed the highway for four hours. Oregon State Police say the crashes started after an eastbound commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer was trying to go around a turn … Continue reading »

ODOT Closing Highway 58 to Repair Tunnel

By Nha Nguyen HIGHWAY 58, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Transportation is getting ready for some major construction on Highway 58. Starting the night of June 4, ODOT crews will completely close the section of the Willamette Highway at the Salt Creek Tunnel (milepost 56) in order to repair and modernize the historic tunnel. … Continue reading »