Springfield Police News Release

Incident: Serious Injury Vehicle Crash and Fire

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Cardinal Way

Case Number: 21-06125

Date/Time: 9/2/21 at about 2:11 am

One person seriously injured in car crash and fire on Martin Luther King Blvd.

On September 2nd at about 2:11 am, a Springfield Police Officer arrived at the scene of a car crash on Martin Luther King Blvd. at Cardinal Way. The officer saw that the car was on fire and the driver, who was the only person in the car, was trapped.

Eugene Springfield Fire personnel, who were already in the area at the time of the crash, were working to put out the fire. The officer immediately joined in to help get the fire out.

After the fire was put out, Eugene Springfield Fire was able to extricate the driver and get him to Sacred Heart at RiverBend Hospital. The driver sustained serious injuries.

Springfield Police called out the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) to begin the accident investigation. Based on the investigation, the car, which is a Chevrolet S10 pickup, appears to have hit the median, which caused the driver to lose control and strike a tree, starting the fire.

Investigators also believe alcohol was a contributing factor.

If anyone has any information about what happened leading up to the crash, please contact Springfield Police at 541-726-3714.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Kris Seibel at (541) 726-2333, kseibel@springfield-or.gov


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