An Albany woman was "severely injured" in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 20 near Spicer Road, just north of Lebanon, according to Oregon State Police reports.
That crash was followed by another wreck where an intoxicated driver smashed into an Oregon Department of Transportation vehicle that was parked and directing traffic, police logs state.
The driver who caused the initial crash also may have been impaired, reports indicate.
In the first wreck, which was reported at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, McKenzie Taylor Dunn, 24, of Albany, was driving a Chevrolet that left the roadway, then returned to the pavement and rolled into the oncoming lane of traffic.
A Toyota SUV driven by Alexis Whitney Buffington, 29, of Albany, crashed into the roof of the Chevy. According to the Lebanon Fire District, a bystander used a fire extinguisher to put out a resulting vehicle fire.
Fire crews also used extrication equipment to remove Dunn from the Chevrolet.
Dunn was “severely injured” and taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, according to police logs. She displayed signs of impairment and a blood draw was taken, police logs state.
Buffington had minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.
The second crash occurred at about 6:30 p.m., Anthony Earl Milligan, 50, of Sweet Home, was cited at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants – controlled substance, reckless driving, reckless endangering, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana (less than a quarter ounce of non-state approved extract), failure to obey a traffic control device and driving uninsured.
Drugs and drug paraphernalia were located in Milligan’s Toyota Corolla within reach of Milligan, who showed signs of impairment.
The ODOT representative whose vehicle was struck was not injured.
Highway 20 was closed for about three hours following the initial crash.
Patient condition updates on Dunn and Milligan, requested Wednesday night, weren’t available from Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center by deadline.