Wrong-way driver causes crash on Hwy 126

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Two cars collided after swerving to miss a wrong-way driver coming at them head-on along Highway 126E at Interstate 5 early Friday morning.

No one was injured, but one of the drivers was cited by police for driving with a suspended license.

The wrong-way driver left the scene and has not been identified, state police said. Witnesses described the vehicle as a newer grey minivan driven by an elderly white man with an elderly white woman as a passenger.

Anyone with information on the minivan and occupants is asked to contact Trooper Evan Sether at (541) 726-2536 extension 439.

A driver in a Subaru eastbound on Hwy 126E over I-5 encountered the wrong-way driver just before 2 a.m., police said. The Subaru driver swerved and slowed in the middle of the road to avoid the oncoming vehicle.

A second eastbound driver in a Kia behind the Subaru also swerved to avoid the wrong-way driver - but he didn't notice the Subaru had slowed down. The Kia rear-ended the Subaru and then hit a guardrail.

The driver of the Subaru suffered minor injuries but refused transport. The driver of the Kia and his passenger were not injured.

However, the driver of the Kia - 26-year-old David Deveraux - was cited by police for driving with a suspended license.