One person is dead after a multi-car accident west of Eugene

One person is dead after a multi-car accident west of Eugene
WEST OF EUGENE - One person is dead following an early evening car crash west of Eugene. The accident involved three vehicles and happened around 6 pm Tuesday.

Officials say a white truck was heading east on W. 11th Avenue when for an unknown reason, it crossed into the westbound lane and struck two other cars, trapping several people inside .

"There was somebody trapped in two out of the three vehicles. The red vehicle, the patient was there just needed manpower in order to extricate him but the other two required mechanical means to extricate him," said District Chief Bruce Cummings of the Eugene Fire & EMS.

Seven victims were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital. However, before medical crews arrived witnesses rushed to the scene to try and help the victims.

"Some guys came right up with a fire extinguishers. I grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out and some guys were screaming in the truck so I busted out the back window with the fire extinguisher and pulled out three guys and they said there were 2 more and there were 5 guys in there total," said Dino Deschaine who witnessed the accident.

Frank Louthan walked away without any injuries. He was one of five people in the white truck that officials say caused the accident, and this is what he says the driver did before crossing lanes.

"He took his finger this way and came back and started buzzing through his mouth or something I don't know what exactly he was going and about that time he cut across the highway, we all hollered at him next thing I know I'm climbing out the back passenger window," said Louthan.

Officials say they don't yet know what caused the accident but are investigating whether speed or alcohol played a role.

W. 11th Avenue near Greenhill Road will remain closed until the Oregon State Police can finish their investigation.