Crash sends two to hospitals; one driver arrested

Two drivers were hospitalized Sunday evening after a head-on collision on Highway 20 near the intersection of Pineway Road, Sheriff Jim Yon said.

Yon said deputies responded at about 6:34 p.m. to a report of the two-vehicle collision. According to Sheriff’s investigators, a 2010 Jeep Wrangler operated by Kade McClanahan, 46, of Lebanon, was attempting to turn into the eastbound lanes of Highway 20 from Pineway Road. McClanahan crossed four lanes of traffic and collided head-on with a 2017 Chevrolet pickup being driven westbound on Highway 20 by Dylan Richards, 21, also of Lebanon, Yon said.

Both drivers were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.  McClanahan was treated and released at the hospital. Richards sustained serious non-life threatening injuries and remained hospitalized for treatment, the sheriff said.

Based on evidence gathered by investigators, McClanahan was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and second-degree assault. Yon said McClanahan’s blood alcohol content was nearly five times the legal limit, based on initial tests results.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with additional information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Travis Boshart at (541) 967-3950. 

Linn County was assisted by the Lebanon Fire Department, Lebanon Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.