Hwy. 126

OSP logoLEABURG: On September 28, 2016 at about 3:20AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash into a power pole on Highway 126E near milepost 19 (west of Leaburg).
Preliminary investigation revealed a 1992 Toyota pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 126E when it drifted off the roadway and rolled in the westbound ditch.

Sheep Creek bridgeHWY. 20: A project to create five-and-a-half miles of new road, bypassing a 10-mile section of the original U.S. 20 that was built in 1917, is now underway.
Through the end of September, travelers on U.S. 20 should expect detours on the west and east sides of Interstate 5 due to construction road closures just west of Eddyville (west) and 26 miles east of Sweet Home at the Sheep Creek Bridge (east).
ODOT officials say the U.S 20 Sheep Creek Bridge closure will last through the end of September. The highway is fully closed from milepost 54 to 56.9 while the bridge is out. There is no local detour.
Eastbound travelers are now taking OR 20 from Lebanon to OR 226 to OR 22, or OR 126 from Springfield.
Westbound travelers should take OR 22 to OR 226, or OR 126 from Santiam Junction.

Image: Photo Courtesy ODOT. Until about 2010, the earth movement at the Sheep Creek Bridge was measured at approximately one inch per year.  For the past four years, however, the movement has increased to six to seven inches per year.

Leaburg: The Oregon State Police have identified the drivers of two vehicles involved in an early morning head-on accident early Sunday morning.  Killed in the wreck were Kenndra J. Haney, 21, and a Brett V. Wildgen, 46, both of Springfield.
A passenger in Haney’s vehicle,Chase T. Holden, 19, sustained life-threatening injuries.
Investigators say Wildgen may have consumed alcohol prior to the accident.

On May 29, 2016 at about 12:40AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 26 near milepost 26 (near Leaburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Mazda pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 126 when it crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2004 Honda Civic head-on. Both drivers were declared deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A male passenger in the Honda was taken to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of life threatening injuries.

Fish truck wreckCEDAR FLAT: Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's crash on Highway 126 near milepost 11, in Cedar Flat.
Preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 2:50 p.m., a westbound Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) fish delivery tanker driving on the McKenzie Highway was loaded with 11,000 Chinook salmon smolts and water. The vehicle was headed to the Row River near Cottage Grove where they were to be released.

OSP logoMCKENZIE BRIDGE: The Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is completing an investigation into the death of a Springfield man found deceased Wednesday in his vehicle at a McKenzie River viewpoint along Highway 126 near Belknap Springs. Initial investigation indicates the death is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On Saturday, June 28th, at approximately 3:00 p.m. a 1999 Honda Accord 2 door driven by Janice Marie Smith of Warm Springs Oregon, was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 126 near milepost 28.  For unknown reasons the driver veered onto the soft gravel shoulder, over corrected and crossed the westbound lane - crashing into a rock embankment. The right front passenger was identified as Johanna Polly James Mathison.

Clear Lake wreckMCKENZIE BRIDGE: Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's single vehicle injury traffic crash that occurred along Highway 126 south of Santiam Pass in Linn County.

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday afternoon's motorcycle-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 126E at Mill Creek Road west of McKenzie Bridge. The victim's name will be released Sunday to allow family additional time for next of kin notifications. OSP is seeking witnesses who reportedly were at the intersection when the crash occurred but left before they could be interviewed.


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