5-vehicle crash closes part of Interstate 105 in Eugene

Authorities are investigating the crash.

Posted: Jan 25, 2019 12:47 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2019 11:34 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A five-vehicle crash closed down part of Interstate 105 Friday afternoon.

Police said a newer model red Chevrolet Impala was seen speeding on 7th Avenue before merging onto I-105 eastbound and hitting another car. That car then struck three more cars. The crash happened at about 12:15 p.m. just before the Coburg Road exit.

The driver of the Chevy ran from the scene and crossed the westbound lanes and entered a nearby neighborhood, police said. That person was contacted at Pentagon Federal Credit Union.

The person in the first vehicle that was struck was extricated from the car by Eugene Springfield Fire and taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Another person was injured and went to the hospital, as well. At this time, it is not clear how many people were involved in the crash.

A truck also received significant damage in the crash, but police said it was parked on the side of the road and there were no passengers inside it at the time.

Police said two other vehicles received minor damage in the crash. 

Off-duty first responders helped the crash victims, police said.

Police said I-105 will be closed between downtown Eugene and Country Club Road until later in the evening. Drivers should take alternate routes.

The Eugene Police Department’s major collision investigation team is looking into the crash. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the police department at 541-682-5138.

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