Crews respond to three area wrecks Aug. 13; three transported to SLCH

Emergency crews responded to three crashes in the Sweet Home area on Aug. 13, with at least two resulting in injuries, the same day as the fires on Interstate 5.

In the morning, Roy Grabeel, 51, driving a 1996 Dodge pickup hit a deer just east of Shea Point, according to Sweet Home Police Sgt. Jason Van Eck.

Grabeel was able to pull off the road, but his vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage, causing his airbag to deploy, Van Eck said. He refused transport by ambulance to the hospital.

At approximately 2:18 p.m., Sweet Home police and paramedics responded to a wreck at milepost 35 on Highway 20.

Driver Matthew Diercks, 18, and passenger Megan Wilson, 16, were transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital after Dierks’ truck ran off the south side of Highway 20.

Diercks had no signs of impairment, Van Eck said. They had been swimming at River Bend, and the driver, who was tired, may have fallen asleep, he said.

No citations were issued.

Later in the afternoon, Linn County deputies and Sweet Home medics responded to a collision between a road grader and 1988 Toyata SR5 on Brush Creek Road.

The driver of the Toyota, Bruce Van Ormer of Albany was transported to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries, Linn County Sheriff’s Captain Bruce Riley said.

Van Ormer was cited for unsafe passing on the left.

Van Ormer allegedly attempted to pass a turning road grader, driven by Dwight Brown II of Sweet Home, on the left, Riley said. His car hit the front tire of the road grader, which was turning into a driveway about three miles south of Highway 228 on Brush Creek Road.

Brown was uninjured.