Three people suffered serious injuries in a late-night crash Tuesday on Highway 20 about five miles west of Blodgett, Philomath Fire & Rescue’s public information office reported.
Law enforcement and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the two-car collision at 10:35 p.m. July 12.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 59-year-old woman driving a Ford Edge crossed into the eastbound lane for an unknown reason and crashed into a 2007 Honda CRV with two occupants — a 52-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman.
According to information provided by Fire & Rescue, the Honda CRV came to rest on its top with both occupants injured and the Ford Edge was on its side with the one person injured.
Fire & Rescue Capt. Rich Saalsaa reported that one individual in the upside-down vehicle had been partially ejected and suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was the first to be extricated and transported. The other two individuals had serious injuries.
The Blodgett-Summit Rural Fire Protection District responded with an engine, rescue vehicle and brush truck with four personnel, including chief Dave Feinberg. Philomath Fire & Rescue sent two engines and a rescue vehicle with nine personnel and duty officer Chancy Ferguson, the district’s deputy fire chief.
Corvallis Fire had three ambulances at the scene in response, Saalsaa said. Life Flight had been called, he added, but was canceled.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were reportedly among those responding to the scene, which was between mile markers 34 and 35 in the vicinity of the Benton-Lincoln county line.
The highway was closed for about one hour during the operation.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 3:25 p.m. Monday, July 18, with more information.