Man killed, seven injured on icy mountain highway

Man killed, seven injured on icy mountain highway »Play Video
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EUGENE, Ore. - One man died and seven others received non-life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle crash on icy Highway 126-E about seven miles south of the Highway 20 junction.

State police troopers said around 2 p.m. Saturday, a sport utility vehicle driven by 30-year-old Norman Good of Eugene was heading east on the highway when he lost control on packed snow and slid sideways into the oncoming traffic lane.

An oncoming pickup driven by Antonio Rico-Sanchez of Culver then crashed into the passenger side of the SUV.

Police said the front-seat passenger in the SUV, Joshua Christensen, 28, of Veneta, was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor who stopped to provide medical care.

Seven other people were sent to a Bend hospital for their injuries, including three children in the SUV and two kids in the pickup.

Troopers said speed was not a factor in the crash. Highway 126 was closed for two hours while state police investigated.