Head-on crash near Mohawk injures three.
MOHAWK - A head-on collision on Marcola Road southwest of Mohawk on Thursday night left one person in critical condition and two others with serious injuries.
The crash happened about 8:40 p.m. on a straight section of road near Alder Branch Road. The female driver of a small hatchback car was taken to the hospital with critical injuries after firefighters found her "crumpled up" on the front passenger side of the car, Mohawk Valley Rural Fire District Chief James Brooker said. She wasn't wearing a seat belt, he said.
Although no witnesses came forward immediately after the crash, Brooker said it appears that the woman's car and a four-door Honda collided nearly head-on. The Honda landed in the ditch and the hatchback spun and landed on its side in the middle of the road.
Mohawk Valley firefighters were training at nearby Mohawk Elementary School and arrived at the scene with their trucks and shut down the road within minutes of the crash, Brooker said.
When they arrived, smoke was coming from the Honda in the ditch, but neither car was on fire, Brooker said. The dashboard in the Honda had rolled up, leaving the man and woman inside the car trapped.
Lane County sheriff's deputies used flashlights to light the Honda as firefighters worked for nearly 30 minutes to remove the driver and passenger.
Three ambulances transported the patients to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Springfield and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene. The names of the three were not available Thursday night, but Brooker said they appeared to be in their 20s and 30s.
Sheriff's investigators worked into the night to search the crash scene for clues as to how the two cars collided.
A sheriff's team will re-create the crash, sheriff's Lt. Kevin Woodworth said.
Marcola Road remained closed at Old Mohawk and Sunderman roads Thursday night.