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Sweet wreck gummed up traffic

Driver charged with impairment in Hwy. 126 slowdown


An overturned trailer filled with bags of sugar had to be unloaded by hand before it could be righted and removed last Wednesday afternoon.

LEABURG: The eastbound lane of Hwy. 126 was blocked until 3:30 p.m. following a single vehicle wreck on April 31st. According to Oregon State Police reports the non-injury wreck happened at approximately 6:13 am, near milepost 20, when a westbound semi towing a trailer loaded with bags of sugar left the roadway and rolled onto its right side.

Police said the operator displayed signs of impairment and consented to field sobriety tests that also indicated impairment. Douglas Roy Holliday, 51, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and transported to the Springfield Jail where he provided a breath sample of 0.00 BAC. The operator provided a urine sample and consented to a DRE evaluation. Holliday was cited for DUII - Controlled Substances.

The truck and trailer were off the road, but the eastbound lane was blocked and traffic flagged until about 3:30 p.m. for safety reasons, according to the Oregon Dept. of Transportation. Response vehicles blocked the lane off and on all morning. Then crews had to unload the cargo of 50 pound bags of sugar before the trailer could be towed.


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