EUGENE, Ore. -- Two crashes on Randy Papé Beltline blocked westbound traffic on Friday afternoon.
The Eugene Police Department reported that a 70-year-old driver attempted to merge a Ford Explorer onto Beltline near Division Avenue when it crashed into a gravel hauler. The driver managed to get the Explorer in between the truck and it's trailer. Police said the driver failed to see the trailer while making the merge.
The driver and passenger of the Explorer had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire crews, no citations were issued from the crash.
About an hour later a utility vehicle ran into the back of a Nissan Maxima that had slowed near Coburg Road, possibly because of the earlier accident. The Nissan was in turn pushed into a car that had also slowed in front of it.
A Toyota Highlander driving behind the utility vehicle rolled over on its side and slid because of the accident.
Both the driver of the Toyota and the driver of the Nissan were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials closed Beltline at the crash siteat around 1 p.m. Friday following the accident. Beltline was reopened to one lane of travel just after 3 p.m.
The Oregon Department of Transportation reported delays of under 20 minutes at that crash site. Current traffic conditions can be found at ODOT's website.