Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99 / Clear Lake Road north of Eugene
April 11, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 99 and Clear Lake Road about four miles north of Eugene.
On April 11, 2014 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a 2003 GMC Sonoma pickup driven by WILLIAM ANDREW CHAPPELL IV, age 29, from Eugene, was eastbound on Clear Lake Road approaching Highway 99. Witness information indicates the driver entered the intersection against a red stop light and swerved to avoid a vehicle on Highway 99. The pickup traveled off the highway and struck a traffic light pole on the SE corner of the intersection before coming to rest next to railroad tracks near Irving Road.
The initial impact heavily damaged the pickup's left side. CHAPPELL was using safety restraints but he fell out of the damaged vehicle as it was coming to a stop. CHAPPELL was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Because of the pickup's final rest position next to the railroad tracks, the railroad company was notified and stopped railroad traffic until the scene was cleared.
OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Andy Youngblood is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Rural Fire/Rescue, and ODOT. One northbound lane of Highway 99 and Irving Road was closed during the investigation. All lanes were opened about 1:00 p.m.
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