Sheriff: Eugene DHL driver using cellphone GPS crashes into cars stopped behind school bus
TERREBONNE, Ore. - A DHL delivery driver from Eugene using his cellphone as a GPS crashed into three vehicles stopped behind a school bus Tuesday afternoon, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office said.
The crash sent three people to the hospital. They are expected to survive their injuries.
Deputies cited Don Caruso, 46, of Eugene with following too closely, the sheriff's office said in a report. He was not holding the phone, which was mounted on the dashboard in keeping with Oregon law, the sheriff's office said.
Investigators say Caruso was driving a DHL deliver van westbound on Northwest Lower Bridge Way outside Terrebonne at 45 to 50 mph while using his cell phone for directions.
The sheriff's office said Caruso was using a phone as a GPS, mounted on a dashboard.
He received a text and looked down, according to the sheriff's office.
Caruso looked up - and saw traffic stopped in the road ahead, the sheriff's office said.
Three vehicles had stopped behind a school bus dropping off students around 3 p.m., the sheriff's office said.
Caruso's cargo van crashed into a Jeep Wrangler, causing a chain reaction involving a Chevy Tahoe and a Ford F150 pickup, the sheriff's office said.
The crash sent the driver of the Wrangler and the driver and passenger in the Tahoe to the hospital, the sheriff's office said.