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Highway head-on crash sends four to hospital

Four people were injured late Saturday after a passenger car and a pickup collided head-on just east of Blachly on Highway 36.

At the accident scene, Oregon State Police trooper April Ratliff said each vehicle carried two adults - three men and a woman - but she did not release the condition or identities of any of the victims.

Rescue workers used the jaws of life to remove the driver of the passenger car from the wreck, Lane Rural Fire Rescue batallion chief Kevin Gent said. Ratliff said the driver was injured seriously enough to be transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center via Life Flight helicopter.

The other three victims were transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart.

Ratliff said the accident is under investigation but speed appeared to be a factor. The pickup was traveling east on the highway and the car was traveling west when the crash ocurred at about 7:45 p.m.

Construction mishap cuts Marcola phone lines

Up to 1,500 phone lines were out of service in the Marcola area of Springfield on Friday after a fiber optic line and regular copper phone line in the same duct were cut, Qwest spokesman Bob Gravely said.

Contractor Gonzales Boring & Tunneling Co. Inc., based in Cornelius, was doing road work at 42nd Street and Marcola Road when the lines were severed at 9:30 a.m.

Callers with the affected lines could not reach the Central Lane 911 Center, Gravely said, nor could they place calls to or receive calls from numbers outside the immediate Marcola area.

Qwest issued an advisory to the Associated Press on Friday, informing people to use the Marcola Fire Department as a back-up for emergency calls, Gravely said.

The fiber optic line was restored at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Gravely said.

Up to 600 phone lines served by the copper line in the Mohawk Valley area remained out of service longer because "the copper line is much trickier to fix," he said. When copper wire is cut, each wire has to be paired with its mate.

Qwest hoped to have everything fixed by today, Gravely said.

Construction typically is the most common cause of phone outages - probably even more than weather," he said.

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