Icy roads blamed in three Friday crashes


March 8, 2023

Scott Swanson

A power pole lies toppled after being struck by a pickup truck, left, early Friday morning.

Icy roads were a contributor to three crashes Friday in the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District.

The first occurred at approximately 6 a.m. when a Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Julian Cezar Chavez, 19, crashed into a power pole in the 40800 block of Highway 228, just south of Valley View Drive.

According to Oregon State Police, Chavez, whose city of residence was not listed. lost control after hitting ice and crashed into the pole, downing lines along the highway. The vehicle also struck a residential fence. The truck was towed by Lebanon Towing, according to OSP.

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