2 dead, 3 injured when car slides into oncoming traffic near Lebanon

LEBANON, Ore. -- Two people died in a car crash early Saturday morning when a car slid sideways into oncoming traffic on Highway 34 near Lebanon.

Oregon State Police said one passenger was seriously injured two other people were hurt in the crash.

A woman was driving east on Highway 34 with three male passengers early Saturday morning.

At around 1:20 a.m. her car went off the roadway, hit a mailbox, and slid into oncoming traffic near milepost 17 west of Lebanon, officials said. The car was struck in the passenger side by a westbound 1996 Ford Thunderbird.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the woman to drift off the roadway, State Police said.

Emergency paramedics pronounced the woman and the passenger sitting in the front seat dead at the scene.

One of the men sitting in the rear seat was seriously injured. The other backseat passenger and the Thunderbird's driver received minor injuries. Officials said all three were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The highway was closed for over four hours while crews investigated the crash and cleared the roadway.