3-car crash on Hwy 20 near Albany sends 2 to hospital

ALBANY, Ore. - A rear-end collision pushed a car into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a pickup truck Thursday afternoon.

Two of the drivers went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The crash closed Highway 20 west of Albany for about 30 minutes during rush hour. One lane remained closed for another 45 minutes. Traffic backed up for miles in both directions.

The crash happend around 4:16 p.m. when a 2002 Dodge Neon driven by 16-year-old Payton Olson of Albany collided from behind with a 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Michelle Fieland. Police said Fieland had slowed to a stop to make a left turn into a driveway.

The rear-end collision pushed the Camry into oncoming traffic. A 1991 GMC Sonoma driven by Debra Bobbitt, 51, of Albany hit the Camry.

The crash sent the Camry and Neon into the ditches on either side of the highway.

Bobbitt was taken to Albany General Hospital for minor injuries. Family members transported Fieland to the hospital. Olson did not report being injured, police said.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Deputy Jeff Pratt at 541-766-6858.