Police: Drunk driver caused 4-car crash in Hwy 126 construction zone east of Veneta

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A drunk driver with a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit crashed her small car into a pickup stopped in a highway construction zone early Wednesday morning on Highway 126W between Eugene and Veneta, Oregon State Police said. The impact was powerful enough to push the pickup into an SUV and trailer in front of it - and push that vehicle into the pickup stopped for the flagger, police said. The flagger was not injured. (OSP)

VENETA, Ore. - A wildland firefighter with a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit crashed her small car into a pickup stopped in a highway construction zone early Wednesday morning on Highway 126W between Eugene and Veneta, Oregon State Police said.

The suspect suffered severe injuries, police said.

The impact was powerful enough to push the pickup into an SUV and trailer in front of it - and push that vehicle into the pickup stopped for the flagger, police said.

The construction flagger was not injured.

The crash happened at 2:12 a.m. in an active construction zone near the south end of Fern Ridge Reservoir.

The preliminary investigation found that a black 1982 Chevy pickup had been stopped by the construction zone flagger due to active work.

A silver 1998 Toyota 4Runner pulling a utility trailer was stopped behind the pickup.

A 1991 Toyota Tacoma was stopped behind the 4Runner.

That's when police say a silver Kia Rio driven by 25-year-old Cassidy Ann DeBlois crashed into the back of the Tacoma. DeBlois was returning from work as a wildland firefighter at the time of the crash, police said.

"The impact was significant enough to push the Toyota Tacoma into the back of the Toyota 4Runner and trailer," state police said in a report, "and the Toyota 4Runner was pushed into the back of the Chevrolet pick-up."

Troopers arrested DeBlois on charged of DUII, Reckless Driving, 5 counts of Reckless Endangering, and Endangering a Highway Worker. State police said her BAC was .17, more than double the legal limit of .08.

State police also arrested the driver of the 4Runner, identified as 34-year-old Kindra Adams of Eugene, on an outstanding warrant and cited her for Driving While Suspended and Failing To Install Ignition Interlock Device.

The crash cloed the highway for an hour and half, police said.

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