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Hillsboro man says Hwy. 26 wrong-way driver missed him by inches

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Deputies say one person died and two others were injured in a four car crash on Highway 26 early Saturday morning in Washington County caused by a driver going the wrong way on the highway. (KPTV) Deputies say one person died and two others were injured in a four car crash on Highway 26 early Saturday morning in Washington County caused by a driver going the wrong way on the highway. (KPTV)
Nick McCue said he thought, “This was it, it is over” when a wrong-way driver came within inches of his car early Saturday, moments before the car hit three others killing the driver. (KPTV) Nick McCue said he thought, “This was it, it is over” when a wrong-way driver came within inches of his car early Saturday, moments before the car hit three others killing the driver. (KPTV)
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A Hillsboro man said his car passed just inches from a wrong-way driver just before she collided with three other vehicles in a deadly crash early Saturday.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies said Madeline Duncan, 20, likely topped 100 miles per hour before crashing her Honda Civic into several cars in the westbound lane of Highway 26 near the Cornell exit just after 1:00 a.m. Deputies said Duncan was killed and two others were sent to the hospital.

Hillsboro driver Nick McCue said moments before the crash he was nearly hit as well. McCue spoke with KPTV Saturday morning and said hours after the crash he was still closing his eyes and seeing headlights coming straight at him.

"I'm still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened," he said. "I don't understand why I'm still here."

McCue said was headed home Saturday morning when he got to the Murray exit. The next thing he knew, bright headlights were coming towards him.

"At first when I realized the car was on my side, maybe it was a cop car that forgot to turn it's lights on or something," he said.

He quickly learned it wasn't a cop, though, and within a matter of seconds, the two cars were within inches of hitting each other.

"I thought this was it, it is over, it is my time," McCue told FOX 12. "I had probably six to 12 inches where we just missed one another."

After the other car kept going, he called 911 and turned around, heading east after the car. Ahead of him, he saw flashing lights.

At first, he thought the police had pulled the driver over, but he would quickly see that it was much worse.

"All I saw was just mangled vehicles ripped in half, smashed, it was a horrific scene," McCue recalled.

Four cars littered the highway in a mangled mess of steel and rubber.

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Duncan was initially going at a slow rate of speed before speeding up to near 100 miles per hour. before she hit a Toyota Tacoma pickup, causing her car to spin out of control and collide with another car which split the Honda in half.

"It breaks my heart to see all those other people that were involved," McCue said. "I'm grateful, I feel like I had a guardian angel watching over me."

Deputies say they were trying to stop the car from going the wrong way and had set up spike strips at Murray, but the crash happened less than a mile before those strips.

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