Three people avoided major injuries after a collision
stemming from a wrong way vehicle on Highway 126E near Interstate-5 in
Springfield. The wrong-way vehicle and its
occupants have not been identified.
Troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the
On Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at approximately 1:55 AM, a
Subaru SUV operated by 29 year-old Matthew YNFANTE, from Eugene, was eastbound
on Highway 126E over Interstate-5.
YNFANTE encountered a wrong-way vehicle westbound in the eastbound lanes
toward him. YNFANTE swerved and slowed
in the middle of the road. A black Kia
sedan, operated by 26 year-old David DEVERAUX, was eastbound on Highway 126E
behind YNFANTE. DEVERAUX also swerved to
avoid the wrong-way driver, but did not notice YNFANTE had slowed in front of
him. DEVERAUX attempted to avoid a
collision, but rear-ended the Subaru before colliding with a guardrail and
coming to rest on the shoulder of the road.
The Subaru came to rest in the left lane of Highway 126E.
YNFANTE, who was wearing safety restraints, suffered
minor injuries and declined to be transported for further medical
treatment. DEVERAUX and his passenger,
30 year-old Dana FREYTAG, were wearing safety restraints and both front airbags
deployed. Neither was injured.
DEVERAUX was cited for Driving While Suspended.
Witnesses described the wrong way vehicle as a newer grey
minivan driven by an elderly white male, accompanied by an elderly white
female. The elderly couple was
reportedly looking for I-5 southbound.
Anyone with information related to the identification of the minivan and
occupants is asked to contact Trooper Evan Sether at the OSP Springfield Area
Command at (541) 726-2536 extension 439.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, the Eugene Police
Department, the Springfield Police Department and the Eugene Fire
The highway was restricted to one lane for approximately
an hour during the investigation.
Photograph Source: Oregon State Police