Eugene woman dies in head-on crash on Hwy 126

Eugene woman dies in head-on crash on Hwy 126

FLORENCE, Ore. -- A Eugene woman died in a head-on two-vehicle crash that blocked traffic for hours Saturday afternoon on Highway 126W near Mapleton, Oregon, State Police said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that at about 1:20 p.m. an SUV driven by Karlie Hobson, 32 of Eugene, crossed the center line on Hwy 126W and crashed head-on into a four door pickup hauling a trailer.

Hobson was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said that she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Investigators are still looking into what caused the woman to drift over the center lane and into oncoming traffic.

The three occupants of the pickup truck were transported to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence for treatment and examination of minor injuries. Zachary Roe, Jacob Blankenbaker (both 21 from Vancouver, Washington) and Alexander Moreland, the 20-year-old Milwalkie man who was driving the truck were also wearing seat belts.

The Oregon Department of Transportation intermittently closed the highway for four hours after the crash so that crash investigators could carry out an investigation.

ODOT initially reported the highway as closed, but both lanes of the highway were reopened Saturday evening.