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Crash sends biker to the hospital in Veneta

Officials say a crash on highway 126 in Veneta sent one person to the hospital Saturday,

Posted: Nov 3, 2019 5:07 PM
Updated: Nov 4, 2019 10:17 AM

VENETA, Ore. -- Officials say a crash on Highway 126 in Veneta sent one person to the hospital Saturday,

According to Lane Fire Authority, witnesses say the bike strayed into the road where they were hit  and taken to the hospital shortly after with non-life threatening injuries.

Neighbors say it was a horrible thing to witness, but that it is not all too uncommon.

Neighbors KEZI spoke with who work off the highway say people drive too fast, they don't follow traffic laws, and since it's only a two lane highway, there's no room for errors.

The constant use of this highway has sparked fear in business owners who work right off its edge.

The owner of Dixie's Cafe in Veneta says in the 11 years she has had this shop, she has seen countless fatal accidents - and that she wishes ODOT would do something about it like add stop signs, stop lights, or even lower the speed limit from 55 to 45 at least.

Patricia Ward who frequents this highway says she has seen improvements made but even those improvements could add to the danger of this road.

"They added the sidewalk and they did some ditch work so i think they filled that in too," she said. "I know you shouldn't use sidewalks as a turn lane, but there's not enough traffic for pedestrians or other using it."

She says people will often drive on to the sidewalk just to allow speeding cars to get past.

ODOT reports that in 2017 on rural highways, such as Highway 126, there were 482 either fatal crashes or crashes that resulted in serious injuries - something that neighbors in Veneta say can be avoided if not seriously decreased.

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