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News Release
Fatal Crash- HWY 126- Lane County - 05/22/24

Lane County, Ore. 19 May 24- On Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 2:30 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy-126, near milepost 21.5, in Lane County. 

The preliminary investigation indicated an eastbound Honda CRV, operated by Joella Ann Ewing (83) of Eugene, left the highway for unknown reasons, struck a tree, and landed in an adjacent creek.

The operator of the Honda (Ewing) was injured as a result of the crash and transported to an area hospital.

A passenger in the Honda, Ruth Anne Romoser (80) of Springfield, was declared deceased at the scene.

The highway was impacted for approximately 6 hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, Western Lane Medics and Fire, Lane Rural Fire, and ODOT.

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