A Eugene car crash involving eight vehicles sent two women to the hospital Thursday and snarled traffic on Interstate-5 according to police and media reports. The women’s injuries were not life-threatening.
According to Oregon State Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings, the incident began early Thursday afternoon when a car stuck in traffic on the Willamette River Bridge was rear-ended by a van. The van’s impact pushed the car into the vehicle in front of it, setting off a chain reaction that eventually left a total of eight vehicles damaged, including two commercial trucks. State troopers on the scene blamed the crash on congested traffic on the bridge.
The Oregon injury crash closed northbound traffic on the bridge for about 20 minutes and slowed it for another hour when a single lane was initially re-opened. Rubbernecking by drivers also slowed traffic in the southbound lane to a crawl for a time.
Eugene traffic accidents like this one can lead to costly litigation, requiring the services of an experienced Lane County personal injury lawyer. Even when no lawsuit emerges as a result of an Oregon traffic accident, those involved may have reporting responsibilities under Oregon law, making a consultation with Oregon injury attorney a prudent precaution.
Eugene Register-Guard: Crash on Interstate-5 sends two to hospital
The Oregonian: Two women injured in eight vehicle crash on I-5 near Eugene
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