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Driver loses control, crashes into oncoming traffic on I-5

ALBANY, Ore. -- A driver lost control of his car on Interstate 5 and crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a 4-car crash north of Albany Monday evening, Oregon State Police said.

One of the drivers suffered minor injuries, police said. The other drivers escaped harm.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. as Kyler Kelly, 20, of Corvallis merged onto I-5 from the Knox Butte Road on-ramp, police said.

Kelly lost control of his Nissan and crossed the median into oncoming traffic, hitting an oncoming Chevy pickup operated by Lance Lehne, 45, of Harrisburg.

Kelly's car then spun into a Saturn sedan driven by Claren Mortenson, 23, of Lebanon, police said. The two cars came to rest in the travel lane and were hit by a Toyota pickup driven by Riley Ford, 19, of Corvallis.

Police said Lehne sustained minor injuries from the crash. All of the other driver's did not sustain any injuries, including Lehne's passenger. Everyone involved in the crash was using their safety belts, police.

Police cited Kelly for Careless Driving. Investigators believe that speed and poor road conditions were contributing factors to the crash, police said.

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