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Police: Road rage led to I-205 crash that injured 8

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two women are facing charges in connection with a crash on Interstate 205 that left eight people injured.

State police said 27-year-old Mary Cochran, from Clackamas, tried to slow for a braking vehicle on I-205 northbound Wednesday morning.

She lost control, veered from the center to left lane and then collided with a 2002 Dodge Caravan occupied by eight people.

Cochran's Jeep then rolled off the left side of the freeway lanes and came to rest by a cable center barrier.

Troopers said the driver of the braking car didn't stop at the scene, but was aware the crash occurred.

The driver of the Dodge Caravan, 45-year-old Akinino Engichy and six of his passengers were taken by ambulance to OHSU to be treated for minor injuries.

Cochran was also taken by ambulance to OHSU, where she was treated and released.

An investigation by police showed Cochran and another driver, 53-year-old Connie Poff, had been involved in a road-rage incident where they were speeding just prior to the crash. Poff drove in front of Cochran's car and hit the brakes suddenly, leading Cochran to lose control and collide with the van, police said.

Troopers have since arrested Poff at her home and booked her into the Clackamas County Jail on eight counts of assault, eight counts of recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, felony hit-and-run and criminal mischief.

Cochran was not arrested, but was cited to appear in court on seven counts of recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and criminal mischief.

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