Three injured in head-on crash in Riddle

Three injured in head-on crash in Riddle »Play Video

RIDDLE, Ore. --  Riddle Bypass Road was shut down Thursday due to a head on collision.

Just after 10:00 a.m., a Saturn four door sedan was heading southbound on Riddle Bypass, when it struck the guard rail.

The saturn then swerved away from the guard rail into oncoming traffic, where it hit a Dodge 4 door sedan head on.

Two people from the Dodge and the driver of the Saturn had to be taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment. One of the people inside the Dodge had to be extracted from the vehicle by using the Jaws of Life.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but officals say that accidents like this one serve as a reminder to drive carefully. 

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Kinney told KPIC News at the scene, "It's important to remember that this time of year, as the roads are getting wet, all of the oils haven't been completely washed off yet, the roads are slick. The speed in these types of crashes, happen very very fast. It takes just a second for this type of damage to occur, and we think of our cars as being very safe but, in reality, they crumple very quickly."

Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff's deputies, EMT's and firefighters all responded to the scene.