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Cascade High School Softball Team Bus Crash - Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove
05/27/2009
Lieutenant Mike Bloom
Oregon State Police - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536

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Two members of the Cascade Senior High School softball team from Turner, Oregon and an adult male driver of a vehicle were injured Tuesday evening when the team's bus collided with vehicle that was stopped in a northbound lane of Interstate 5 about four miles south of Cottage Grove. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
 
On May 26, 2009 at approximately 7:40 p.m. a white Lexus four-door driven by DAVID J. VALE, age 48, from Milwaukie, was stopped in the right northbound lane of Interstate 5 near milepost 170. Troopers are looking into the possibility VALE may have been experiencing a medical problem causing him to stop his sport utility vehicle.
 
A Cascade School District bus driven by EDWARD M. CRAKER, age 74, from Salem, was transporting the Cascade Senior High School girls' softball team northbound at approximately 55 mph when it collided into the stopped Lexus. The impact forced the Lexus across the center median to its final resting location position on the shoulder of the southbound lanes.
 
Two sophomore high school softball team members were injured and transported by South Lane Fire & Rescue to Cottage Grove Community Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Both have been treated and released.
 
The softball team was returning from a game in Sutherlin. Questions regarding the girls' softball team and the injured players should be directed to Linda Yoesel, Cascade School District Human Resources Director, at (503) 749-8306.
 
VALE was transported by South Lane Fire & Rescue to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Hospital staff report he was discharged Wednesday morning.
 
ODOT and South Lane Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and assisted.