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1 dead, 2 injured in Oregon car crash

State police responded to a serious accident on Highway 99E on the afternoon of Sept. 22, according to local sources.  Oregon authorities are still investigating the cause of the car crash that claimed one life and injured two other individuals.  So far, no charges have been filed in association with the incident. 

The accident report says that around 2:45 p.m. a southbound pickup truck with two occupants pulled to the side of the highway with apparent engine trouble. At this point, another southbound vehicle rear-ended the pickup, striking the driver who had exited the vehicle.  Both vehicles were pushed back out into the highway, blocking the southbound lanes and part of the northbound lanes as well. 

The driver of the pickup truck, a 63-year-old man, was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.  His passenger also suffered injuries, but hers were described as minor. The driver of the car, a 42-year-old man, was listed as being in stable condition after being taken to a local hospital.  The 63-year-old man was later pronounced dead of his injuries. 

If Oregon police determine the driver of the car was negligent or otherwise responsible for the car crash that killed the other driver, he could face criminal charges. Additionally, the family of the deceased driver and the injured passenger would be entitled to file wrongful death and personal injury suits against the other driver in civil court.  Evidence from the criminal proceedings could be used to bolster these cases. Successful litigations could result in judgments for the financial damages suffered as a result of this tragic accident.

Source: koin.com, "Hwy 99E crash kills Canby man, hurts 2 more", , Sept. 22, 2014

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