Two women accused of road rage, causing crash that injured 8

Two women accused of road rage, causing crash that injured 8

PORTLAND, ore. -- Two women are facing charges after police say their road-rage incident led to a crash on Interstate 205 on Wednesday that injured eight people.

Connie J. Poff, 53, of Milwaukie was arrested on Friday; the second suspect, Mary E. Cochran, 27, of Clackamas was cited on several charges.

State police said the two women had been involved in a road-rage incident and were driving at a high rate of speed on the freeway south of Portland near milepost 16 just after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

That's when Poff allegedly drove in front of Cochran's vehicle and braked hard, leading Cochran to lose control and collide with a van carrying eight people.

Cochran's Jeep then rolled off the left side of the freeway, as the Dodge Caravan also came to rest of the left shoulder, according to an Oregon State Police news release.

The van's driver and six passengers were taken by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University for minor injuries. Cochran also was treated at the hospital for minor injuries, the OSP said.

On Friday, Poff -- the driver woman police said caused Cochran to crash into the van -- was arrested on suspicion of eight counts of third-degree assault, eight counts of recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, felony hit-and-run and first-degree criminal mischief.

Cochran was cited on charges of seven counts of recklessly endangering a person, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving.