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Driver taken to hospital after crash near Eugene

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said three vehicles driven by teenagers were traveling together.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 4:22 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 5:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A teenage driver was taken to the hospital after a crash west of Eugene on Tuesday. 

According to the Lane County Sheriff's Office, three vehicles were driving close to each other when one driver lost control and flipped their pickup truck in a ditch. The crash happened where solid pavement turned into gravel.

The driver sustained no life-threatening injuries, and he was taken to a local hospital.

Neighbors who live nearby said around 2:30 p.m. they saw three teenage drivers speeding down Ken Nielson Road. One man told KEZI 9 News that after nearly 30 years of living on Ken Nielsen Road, he's witnessed multiple drivers flip their cars and end up on the side of the road. 

He also said that the gravel could play a factor because the traction between the wheels and the ground are different compared to pavement. He added the worst possible thing to do if you loose control on gravel is to apply the brakes as this causes the car to slide.

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