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Lane Track and Field Athlete Hospitalized and in Critical Condition


Gazette-Times | Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010 1:45 am

MONROE - A head-on collision sent a Josephine County man to the hospital in critical condition late Wednesday night, and a Corvallis man to jail.

Just before midnight, sheriff's deputies responded to an accident involving a southbound 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven by Shane Michael Chambers, 31, of Corvallis. His vehicle reportedly crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2002 Chevy Cavalier driven by Larry Ragsdale, 20, of O'Brien.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles, and both were transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

Ragsdale remained hospitalized there Thursday afternoon in critical condition.

Chambers was treated at the hospital, and then arrested on charges of DUII, assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He was transported to the Benton County jail, where he remained Thursday afternoon on $150,000 bail.

The two-vehicle crash closed both lanes of Highway 99W about two miles north of Monroe for more than four hours. The highway was reopened shortly before 4 a.m.

This was the second serious crash in a week near Monroe.

On Saturday, Riley Dean West, 61, of Eugene died after his motorcycle crashed into an embankment near the intersection of Kyle Road with Coon Road, west of Monroe. Alcohol was not a factor in that accident.


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