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Disasters & Accidents

Eugene Sees Two Traffic Fatalities on New Year's Day

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Brian Bull
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KLCC

The Eugene Police Department is investigating two crashes that left two people dead just 12 hours apart on New Year’s Day in Eugene.

The first involved a single vehicle that crashed into a crosswalk pole at 7:19 a.m. Friday on Hwy. 99N and Fairfield Ave. The passenger, a 41-year-old man, died and the driver, a 49-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. EPD says the vehicle was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed, and the case is still under investigation.

Later Friday at 7:21 p.m. a 61-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing River Road at E. Maynard Ave. EPD investigators say there was inclement weather and dark conditions and the pedestrian was wearing non-contrasting clothing. There was no indication of driver impairment, but the investigation is continuing.

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