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Driver seriously injured, passenger critically injured in Benton Co. crash

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Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office Photo: Benton County Sheriff's Office
Philomath, OR (KPTV) -

Deputies believe speed and the use of controlled substances may have been factors in a crash that seriously injured the driver and critically injured a passenger.

Emergency crews responded to Mary's Peak Road near the intersection with Highway 34 about nine miles southwest of Philomath at 12:31 p.m. Monday.

Investigators said a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe was heading west when it went into a steep ditch and collided head-on with a large tree.

The driver, Jeremy Dryden, 31, of Philomath, was taken to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.

A passenger, Michal Dvir, 27, of Philomath, was flown to the hospital with injuries described as critical.

Deputies identified driving speed and drug use as possible factors in the crash, but said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The roadway was partially closed for about four hours. Highway 34 was closed for less than an hour as the medical helicopter landed and took off.

The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team with the assistance of Oregon State Police processed the crash scene.

Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sergeant Ben Drongesen or Sgt. David Peterson at 541-766-6858 if they have any information.

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