Driver arrested after fatal crash on Hwy 58

LOWELL, Ore.- One person died in a two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 58 near Lowell, according to Oregon State Police.

The driver of the car that caused the crash faces DUI, manslaughter and other charges.

At approximately 5:38 p.m. a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 46-year-old Lori Jean McNamara of Westfir was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 13 when a westbound 2003 Dodge Durango crossed the centerline and collided into the Chevrolet.

McNamara died at the scene.

The Dodge's 38-year-old driver, Traci Lynn Akers of Sweet Home, and her juvenile age daughter passenger were both taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries.

Akers was reportedly combative with ambulance staff on the way to the hospital.

After she was treated and released, state police took her into custody on charges of:

  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • Assault in the Third Degree (2 counts)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person

The Lane County Sheriff's Office, Dexter Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, and ODOT assisted OSP at the scene.

The highway was cleared about 3 hours after the crash.