Eugene man dies in crash at Hwy 99 intersection

Eugene man dies in crash at Hwy 99 intersection

EUGENE, Ore. --  A Eugene man died in a car crash Friday morning after witnesses say he ran a red light and swerved to avoid traffic on Highway 99, Oregon State Police officials report.

The crash happened at about 9:00 a.m. in the intersection of Highway 99 and Clear Lake Road, about four miles north of Eugene. 

Officials say William Chappell IV, 29, of Eugene, was driving a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup east on Clear Lake Road. Witnesses told state police troopers that he entered the intersection against a red stop light and swerved to avoid a vehicle on Highway 99.

The pickup left the highway and struck a traffic light pole before coming to rest next to railroad tracks near Irving Road. Troopers say Chappell was wearing a seat belt, but he fell out of the vehicle as it was coming to a stop.

Paramedics pronounced Chappell deceased at the scene.

Because of the pickup's final rest position next to the railroad tracks, the railroad company was notified and stopped railroad traffic until the scene was cleared.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation.