Disasters & Accidents

Disasters & Accidents
8:35 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Driver In Fatal Springfield Crash May Have Run A Red Light

26-year-old Cortney Jean Hudson is shown with her daughter McKenzie who was killed along with her two brothers, John and Tyler, in a crash Sunday in Springfield. Police say the driver who hit them may have run a red light when they were crossing Main Street.
Credit Family's GoFundMe site

Springfield Police say the initial investigation into Sunday's accident that killed three children and injured their mother, may have been caused by the driver running a red light.

A makeshift memorial sits near the site of the accident at 54th and Main Street. Springfield Police Sergeant Rich Charboneau says the investigation indicates the children and their mother had the right of way and were in the marked crosswalk.

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Disasters & Accidents
5:29 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oakridge Man Killed In Head-On Crash

An Oakridge man died Wednesday morning after being involved in a head-on crash.
Credit Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning's fatal traffic crash in Westfir near Oakridge.

Police say a Honda Accord, driven by 66-year-old Jerry Lossing, of Oakridge, was traveling eastbound on West Oak Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the oncoming lane of travel.

His car collided head-on with a Toyota Rav-4, driven by 68-year-old Kathleen Camerer, also of Oakridge.

Lossing was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene. Preliminary information indicates Lossing was not using his seat belt.

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Disasters & Accidents
2:58 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Strong Winds Cause Structure Damage On Oregon Coast

Heavy rains pounded the Oregon coast Monday Several schools and businesses lost power including the Adobe Inn in Yachats.

General Manager Anthony Muirhead says the lasting damage is to the front door. The strong winds blew it completely off its hinges.

“It was about seven o’clock this morning and certainly got our attention quickly. I think for our guests, it was just an impressive scene for what nature can do here on the coast.”

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Power Outage
11:53 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Winds Knock Out Power to 18,000 In Lebanon Area

OR 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.) is closed approximately one mile west of Lebanon (MP 15.7)in Linn County, due to multiple power poles and power lines down across the highway. Travelers should take an alternate route or expect delays.
Credit Lebanon Police Dept.

Winds knocked down as many as a dozen power poles and lines on Highway 34 between Corvallis and Lebanon. The highway is restricted to one lane of traffic as crews repair the damage. The downed lines have caused outages for about 18-thousand customers in Lebanon, Sweet Home, Cascadia and Foster.

Some schools are closing early due to the outage. Pacific Power says on its website it's hoping to have the power back by 1:30 this (Monday) afternoon.

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9:27 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Japan Hospital That Survived Earthquake Has Lessons For Pacific Northwest

Not a single window broke in the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital during Japan's Magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11, 2011.
Credit Jay Wilson / OPB

Scientists say the northwest is due for an earthquake and tsunami as big as the one that struck Japan nearly four years ago. That could spell trouble for fire stations, schools and hospitals built with little or no seismic engineering.
Oregon Field Guide’s Ed Jahn recently traveled to Japan. He visited one hospital there that survived the 2011 quake without so much as a broken window.

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6:26 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Some Oregon Towns Are Prepared For Earthquake, Some Aren't

Waldport High School. Lincoln County voters passed a $63 million bond in 2011 to demolish the old Waldport High School and move it up hill. Now the 11 school buildings in the county are all located outside the tsunami zone.
Credit Kristian Foden-Vencil / OPB

Communities up and down the Oregon Coast have known about the threat of a tsunami for years. But some are better prepared than others. What are coastal communities doing to prepare?   

MaryJo Kerlin, with the Lincoln County School District, stands in the car park of the old Waldport High -- just 12 feet above sea level.

MaryJo Kerlin: "As you look around, you can see there is no high school here any longer. It's been demolished. It was demolished in a learn-to-burn exercise with our local fire departments."

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Disasters & Accidents
6:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Anniversary Reminds Oregon Of Earthquake Risk

Credit OPB.org

December 26 is the 10-year anniversary of the Boxing Day earthquake that struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Since the devastating earthquake and tsunami, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management has stepped up preparations for a major quake here.

Oregon is located along the Cascadia Subduction zone, a fault capable of producing a major quake. Cory Grogan, with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management says it’s not a matter of if it’s a matter of when. New evacuation and tsunami inundation maps have been created and are vital to Oregon’s preparedness.

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Disasters & Accidents
10:56 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Highway 101 Repairs May Take A While

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

US 101 will likely remain at a single lane of travel for as long as 2 months 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide this weekend damaged the roadway near Heceta Head.

Heavy rains caused a landslide that did extensive damage to the northbound lane of 101. One lane is open to traffic with flaggers and a pilot car. Rick Little with the Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers should expect a 20 minute delay.

He says the road will be restricted until a fix to the landslide can be designed and put in place.

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4:51 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Bay Area Weather Causes Canceled Flights In Eugene

Credit KVAL.com

United Airline flights Monday and Tuesday from Eugene to San Francisco were canceled due to weather conditions in the bay area. KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke about it with the Airport's Assistant Director Cathryn Stephens.

Stephens said the configuration of the San Francisco airport means rain as well as fog can wreak havoc. They cause incoming delays. These backups then lead to cancellations.

Stephens:  "So they start having weather down there, and they start having to slow down their arrivals and their departures, their capacity goes way down."

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Power Outage
7:21 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Several Thousand EWEB Customers Lose Power Saturday

Several areas in Eugene were without power for about two hours Saturday afternoon. The outages started just before three p.m., affecting several thousand Eugene Water and Electric Board customers and a University of Oregon basketball game.

Four substations malfunctioned, taking out power to the U of O campus, and Whiteaker and Coburg Road neighborhoods. Traffic signals went dark during the outage and the second half of the women’s basketball game was delayed by over an hour while waiting for the power to come back on.