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Two pickups crashed head-on into each other on Highway 20 at mile post 16.5, near Eddyville Thursday afternoon. Oregon State Police report that Shane Morrice of Newport was headed west when some sort of mechanical failure caused his Dodge Ram pickup to lurch toward and then cross the center line and into an oncoming utility truck. Inside that vehicle headed eastbound was Ryan Cearley of Beaverton. Both vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes in a highway construction zone. Neither driver was seriously hurt thanks in part to seat belts and air bags. Both drivers declined transport to the hospital.
No citations were issued at the time, and an investigation continues as to what caused the mechanical failure in the Dodge. The road was closed for about two hours while the wreck was cleared.