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Police: Icy Oregon highway to blame for pair of crashes Thursday morning

Drivers lost controlled and crashed on icy Highway 58 west of Odell Lake on Thursday morning, Oregon State Police said. (OSP)

OAKRIDGE, Ore. - Drivers lost controlled and crashed on icy Highway 58 west of Odell Lake on Thursday morning, Oregon State Police said.

"Traveling at speeds too fast for conditions was a contributing factor in both of these collisions which occurred within a short time of each other," Oregon State Police said in a statement. "We ask the public to be cognizant of the road conditions for the area you are traveling in and slow down. The posted speed may not be the appropriate speed for the road conditions at the time."

The first crash happened at 9:30 a.m. near milepost 60, just west of Odell Lake.

The driver of an empty tanker truck said he lost control on the ice and went off the road, police said. The driver escaped physical injury. The crash damaged "a substantial amount of guardrail," police said.

While still on the scene of that crash, troopers were called to a second crash less than a mile to the west at 10:40 a.m.

The driver of an SUV told police she lost control on the ice, and her vehicle overturned. Firefighters worked to pull the woman from the wreckage; she was taken to the hospital. Police said she is expected to survive.

The identities of the drivers was not immediately available.

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