Head-on crash injured 9 on Oregon U.S. 101

Legal news for Oregon automobile accident attorneys. Head-on crash injured nine people after a car lost control.

Oregon State Patrol alerts Oregon automobile accident lawyers- Head-on crash on U.S. Highway 101 left nine people injured.

Lane County, OR—Nine people were injured after a head-on crash along U.S. Highway 101 on Saturday, January 16, 2010. U.S. Highway 101 was shut down around 3:40 p.m., for nearly three hours near milepost 174 as rescue teams assessed the emergency situation, as reported by The World.

Oregon State Patrol (OSP) officials reported that a 2003 Audi sedan driven by Brandon Schooley, 19, of Eugene, was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 101 when he lost control on a sharp curve, which sent his vehicle across the centerline where he slammed head-on into a southbound 2001 Toyota Camry, driven by Han Kim 25, of Eugene. A total of nine people sustained injuries in the head-on wreck, and were transported to area hospitals by emergency crews for treatment. Schooley and his three passengers, Nicholas Torres, 20, of Eugene; Samantha Frese, 17, of Cottage Grove; and Felicia Baldwin, 17, of Cottage Grove were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, where they were treated for “minor” injuries and released. Han Kim was taken to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence where he was also treated for “minor” injuries by doctors and nurses and released. Kim’s passengers, Esther King, 21, and David Chai, 25, were both transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for serious to critical injuries. Two other passengers in Kim’s vehicle, Bin Seo, 19, and Minhye Park, 21, were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for treatment. Seo reportedly sustained serious injuries, while Park was treated for “minor” injuries and released. A full investigation is underway to determine what prompted this crash and if anyone is at fault.

It was reported that OSP troopers from the Florence and Newport, Lane County sheriff’s deputies, a U.S. Forest Service officer, and emergency responders from Siuslaw Fire Department, Western Lane Ambulance, South Lincoln County Ambulance, Lincoln County area EMS units, and ODOT all responded to the violent crash.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Oregon automobile accident lawyers.