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West Eugene Crash Sends 6 to Hospital

EUGENE, Ore. — A car crash early Sunday morning in West Eugene sent six people to the hospital after police say two drivers under the influence of alcohol crashed head-on.

Eugene Police say just after midnight, two cars collided in the southbound lanes on Highway 99 near Roosevelt Boulevard. Police say the southbound lanes were closed on the overpass for hours.

They say it appears one driver crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, crashing into the other vehicle right next to an Alcoholics Anonymous billboard. Six people suffered injuries, though none are thought to be life-threatening.

Not only do police believe both parties had been drinking, but they say that some passengers did not buckle up.

“Our encouragement is if you’re in a car, get in a seatbelt,” said Sergeant Dale Dawson with Eugene Police. “If there are too many people for the car, you really shouldn’t be in there. It’s a safety thing. Because one person in the backseat, from my understanding, hit the windshield.”

Neither driver has been cited. Police are still investigating the crash.

Though police say the driver who crossed into oncoming traffic might be at fault, the “victim” in the situation may also be charged.

“If you’re the innocent victim so to speak, but you’re still impaired and driving, this person could still be facing DUI charges,” Dawson said.

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