UPDATE: Press release from Oregon State Police
Two people were injured Thursday afternoon in a four-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 20 near Merloy Avenue about four miles east of Corvallis. Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Benton County Sheriff's Office, investigated the crash and cited one of the involved drivers.
According to Trooper Steve Kenyon, on June 21, 2012 at approximately 5:18 p.m., a 2011 Honda Civic four-door driven by KAREN L. CHRISMAN, age 57, from Corvallis, was stopped in the eastbound lane of Highway 20 near milepost 4 preparing to turn left onto Merloy Avenue. An eastbound 2000 BMW 328 four-door driven by MICHELLE L. LIBBY, age 28, from Albany, was approaching from the rear and didn't see the stopped Honda.
The BMW swerved to the right before crashing into the rear of the Honda, pushing the Honda into the westbound lane where it collided head-on with a 2000 Oldsmobile four-door driven by SUSAN M. DENNIS, age 57, from Corvallis. After the second collision, the Honda continued to the west where it collided into the front of a stopped1993 Honda Civic two-door positioned on Merloy Avenue at the stop sign.
The Honda came to rest on its top in a ditch along the highway. CHRISMAN and DENNIS were transported by Corvallis Ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
LIBBY and the Honda Civic's driver, PAUL A. LIEBERT, age 54, from Corvallis, were not injured.
LIBBY was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
All drivers were using safety restraints and each vehicle's airbags deployed.
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office were assisted at the scene by Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Fire Department and ODOT. Highway 20 was closed at the scene for about 90 minutes.
CORVALLIS/ALBANY, Ore. - A multiple vehicle crash has closed US 20 (Albany-Corvallis Hwy) at milepost 4, between Corvallis and Albany in Benton County.
The incident was reported at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
Motorists should take an alternate route or expect delay.