Glare from sun a factor in deadly 4-car crash on Oregon road

Glare from the sun is suspect of contributing to a four-vehicle crash that left one person is dead and sent two others to the hospital Tuesday morning on a rural Oregon road. (MCSO)

CHAMPOEG, Ore. - Glare from the sun is suspect of contributing to a four-vehicle crash that left one person is dead and sent two others to the hospital Tuesday morning on a rural Oregon road.

Deputies responded to McKay Road NE near French Prairie Road NE just before 8 a.m.

"Investigators believe a small SUV was traveling east on McKay Road when for unknown reasons it began driving in the oncoming (west bound) lane," the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

The SUV first side swiped a large work truck that was west bound on McKay. The work truck avoided the head on collision by steering into the east bound lane.
The SUV continued westbound and struck an oncoming passenger car head on. A fourth vehicle, a truck, traveling west bound, rear ended the small SUV.

The sheriff's office said "investigators believe the glare from the sun is a contributing factor in the crash."

The driver of the SUV died at the scene.

The two people in the car hit head-on by the SUV were taken to Salem Hospital. They are expected to survive, the sheriff's office said.

The drivers of the two trucks were treated at the scene and released, the sheriff's office said.

"McKay Road is closed at French Prairie Road NE and Highway 219," the sheriff's office said just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. "The closure is expected to last over the next several hours while specialized investigators examine the wreckage."

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