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 »

UPDATE: Teen Dies in Crash

MAPLETON, Ore. — One Eugene teen is dead and another is recovering after a car crashed 40 feet down an embankment and went unnoticed for at least 24 hours. The crash was on Old Stagecoach Road between Mapleton and Walton. Oregon State Police says Canyon McCardel, 18, died and Hannah Smith, 18, was trapped in … Continue reading »

Police Investigate Fatal Hwy 126 Crash

MAPLETON, Ore. — A Florence man was killed in a crash east of Mapleton early Saturday morning. Oregon State Police say an SUV was westbound on Highway 126 near milepost 22 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and into a tree. It happened just after 3 a.m. The driver, 68-year-old Raymond Mosley, was pronounced … Continue reading »

Landslide Closes Road Near Swisshome

NEAR SWISSHOME, Ore. — Debris from a landslide shut down a section of Stagecoach Road northeast of Mapleton this weekend. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday a person living near Stagecoach Road reported a section of the road covered with debris after a landslide. Sunday afternoon a resident spent a few hours clearing the … Continue reading »

Log Truck Blocks Highway near Mapleton

MAPLETON, Ore. — A log truck lost its load in Mapleton Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened on the bridge over the Siuslaw River in Mapleton. Part of Highway 126 was blocked and the accident took about an hour to clear. The driver, 47-year-old James A. Schripsema, of Florence, was not injured. Photos courtesy of Oregon … Continue reading »

FEMA Raises Mapleton Home from Floods

MAPLETON, Ore. — A Mapleton homeowner is getting some help in hopes of avoiding future flooding. FEMA is giving the homeowner a $77,000 grant to raise the home, which sits in a floodplain. The grant covers 75% of the project while the homeowner has to pick up the rest of the cost. In January, flooding … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: 1996

As KEZI celebrates 50 years on the air, we take a trip back in time to Mapleton, 1996, courtesy of reporter Doug Barber. Elvin Huntington was just one of 30,000 residents displaced by the floods of ’96. Heavy rains in January of that year saturated the ground. That was followed by a blizzard that padded … Continue reading »