Sheriff’s data: Number of crashes on Brush Creek no more than usual

While deputies continue to investigate a Nov. 16 crash that hospitalized a 17-year-old driver, the latest in several crashes, including a fatality, along Brush Creek Road this year, Linn County Sheriff’s Office data shows no significant increases in the overall number of crashes there this year.

Lt. Michelle Duncan said the investigation into the Nov. 16 crash remains open, and it may be some time before it is complete.

One driver in that incident was charged with driving uninsured and driving without privileges.

Linn County has responded to 11 crashes on Brush Creek so far this year, four of them resulting in injuries and seven without injuries, Duncan said. That’s not really a significant change from the norm, she said.

Last year, deputies responded to nine crashes, four with injuries and five without. In 2017, Linn County responded to 11 crashes, two with injuries and nine without.

The causes vary, including swerving to avoid a deer, weather conditions and veering into an oncoming lane.

“We have increased our traffic enforcement patrols in the area in the last few weeks to hopefully help with the issue,” Duncan said.