CANYONVILLE — Police say they suspect alcohol was a factor in a wrong-way, head-on collision on Interstate 5 that killed an Oakland man driving to work early Sunday morning about four miles north of Canyonville.
Authorities are still investigating the crash that killed Victor Anderson, 44, but they suspect the other driver, Eugene resident Joshua Davis, 26, was drunk at the time, said Oregon State Police Sgt. David Randall.
“Alcohol is certainly suspected,” Randall said. “No doubt about it.”
According to Oregon State Police, Davis was driving a 2000 GMC Yukon north in the southbound lanes near Milepost 102 at about 4:25 a.m. when he hit Anderson’s southbound 2010 Kia sedan.
Randall said Davis drove in the wrong direction for several miles. The collision took place at a long, sweeping curve in the road.
Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Davis suffered a broken heel. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
OSP could not confirm that Anderson was wearing his seat belt, but said that Davis was wearing his. Both vehicles’ airbags deployed.
It’s believed Anderson was heading to the Swanson Group’s Glendale mill, where he worked as a millwright. Anderson was married with stepchildren.
Southbound lanes on I-5 were closed for about an hour following the crash. Authorities reduced traffic to one lane for about six hours Sunday morning.