April 11, 2022 — On Sunday, April 10, Oregon State Police closed Highway 126 for approximately four hours to investigate a fatal crash near milepost 35.
On April 10, at about 11:44 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a citizen report of a head-on collision on Highway 126 at milepost 35.6. A dark blue Honda Civic, driven by Colton Kenneth Rice, 18, of Monroe, Ore., was westbound on Highway 126 when it left its lane of travel for unknown reasons and struck an eastbound silver Toyota Tundra, driven by Clint Robison, 33, of Yacolt, Wash.
Multiple witnesses stated that the Honda was passing at a high rate of speed in a no-pass zone around a blind corner.
According to the investigation, the front end of the Toyota Tundra impacted the Honda Civic passenger side in a T-bone fashion. The driver of the Honda Civic died as a result of the crash.
The four occupants of the Toyota Tundra were all transported to the hospital by ambulance for minor injuries and were later released.
The highway was shut down for over four hours while the Oregon State Police conducted the investigation.
Travelers were asked to travel by alternate routes and avoid the area.
OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Lane County Medical Examiner and the Oregon Department of Transportation.