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Police notice deadly trend developing following Hwy 99 crash

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Another deadly crash on Highway 99 Friday has officials noticing a fatal trend.

Two people died after the head-on collision Friday in Junction City closed the southbound lane on Hwy 99.

The Junction City Police Department responded to the crash just after 4:30 p.m. near Prairie Road at milepost 111.

According to Junction City Police, both drivers died upon impact.

Officer Tim Garrity was one of the first to respond. He says crashes are becoming more common on Highway 99.

“I've worked in Oregon for a year at this agency and I've already seen a few fatalities out here,” Garrity said. “Highway 99 is just a dangerous road. Every day, it’s just one of those things... you just don't know what is going to happen.”

According to Garrity, citizens at the scene tried to help the two victims.

Both southbound lanes have since been re-opened.

The crash is currently under investigation.

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