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Holiday Travel Weekend Opens With Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash Near Veneta


UPDATE: The stretch of Highway 126 that had been closed is now reopened for traffic. (2:02pm 7/2)

A fatal start to the 4th of July Holiday weekend happened east of Veneta this morning. 


Oregon State Police say a three-vehicle crash at milepost 48 on Highway 126 killed two people and sent three others to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield. At least one patient is in critical condition.  

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A road camera shows a detour set up near the crash site. Motorists are advised to find alternate routes and watch for emergency crews.


ODOT has closed Highway 126 between Territorial Road and Central Road. A detour has been set up near the crash site.  Motorists are advised to take alternate routes, expect long delays, and be mindful of emergency crews in that area.

ODOT spokesperson Angela Beers-Seydel urges everyone to slow down, have patience, and be extra aware while traveling.

"We want everyone to get where they're going and have a safe July 4th weekend," she told KLCC in an email.

Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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