LINN COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – Two people were killed, and one person was seriously injured following a two-car crash on Highway 228 in Linn County.

At 12:15 a.m. emergency crews responded to the crash on milepost 10 east of Brownsville.

A preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F-250 pick up driven by Austyn Hillsman, 21, of Junction City was traveling eastbound on Hwy 228 when he crossed into the westbound lanes and struck a Honda Pilot. He was not injured.

The driver of the Pilot, Caleb Simonis, 19, of Sweet Home died from his injuries.

Two passengers in the Pilot, a 16-year-old girl was Life Flighted to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. A 15-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Hilsman was booked into the Linn County Jail and was charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts of criminally negligent homicide.

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Native Born

Drivers will you please be more careful! Yesterday just a little west of the Donald truck stop we were almost hit head on by a driver headed west as we were headed east! Thankfully we were driving our compact pickup so were able to squeeze 3 vehicles into a 2 lane road and avoid a nasty wreck that would have tied up the I-5 shortcut to HWY 219 for hours. No place you need to get to is that important that you need to try to pass 2 or 3 cars at once when the traffic is heavy & slow so as to save a minute or 2.

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