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Driver hit by car on Hwy 58 after pickup loses power

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A driver who got out of his truck after it lost power on Highway 58 was hit by a car and critically injured in Lane County, according to Oregon State Police.

Emergency crews responded to Milepost 30, four miles west of Oakridge, at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said a 2002 Ford F150 was heading west on the highway when it lost power and came to a stop in a travel lane.

Steven White, 31, of Lowell, got out of the truck and walked to the passenger side, according to police. The passenger door was open while he talked to Sierra Cardosa, 31, of Lowell.

Police said a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero traveling westbound on the highway came upon the stalled truck, but the driver, identified as 48-year-old Reginald Cassius of Springfield, was not able to stop in time.

Investigators said Cassius could not pass the truck in the eastbound lane due to an oncoming car, so Cassius swerved between the westbound guardrail and the truck, hitting White who was standing next to the passenger door.

White was taken to the hospital with injuries described as critical. Cassius and Cardosa were not injured.

Police said at the time of the crash, it was still dark outside and the stalled truck did not have any lights on.

The highway was closed for 30 minutes and reduced to one lane for two hours.

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