Oregon Car Accident Injures Six, Totals SUV

Oregon Car Accident Injures Six, Totals SUVSix people were injured and had to be rushed to Gold Hill, Oregon hospitals when a driver, now under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, allegedly lost control of his car, which went airborne and crashed head-on into oncoming traffic, CBS affiliate KPIC 4 reports.

According to the news source, the accident occurred on Interstate 5, and injured several members of a local youth basketball team. The driver of the SUV, 46-year-old Crystal Lewis of Eureka, California, suffered serious injuries in the accident and had to be pulled from the wreckage and flown to a nearby hospital via emergency medical helicopter.

All four youth basketball players, as well as one adult passenger, sustained minor injuries that needed treatment from local hospitals.

Police report that Christopher Scott Teske, the 20-year-old driver of the car that allegedly slammed into the SUV, refused to receive medical treatment at the scene, and was later arrested on a bevy of charges, including DUI, reckless driving, six counts of recklessly endangering another person, 2nd degree criminal mischief and six counts of third-degree assault, the media outlet stated.

Oregon State Police Sergeant David Beck told KPIC that the accident occurred around 3 p.m.on August 14 when Teske, driving a 2005 Toyota Scion, allegedly lost control in the southbound lanes of I-5, veered through the center median and became airborne. The car then landed in the northbound lanes, crashing head-on into a 2007 GMC Yukon, driven by Lewis, the news provider stated.

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Oregon saw 115 fatalities due to impaired driving in 2009, resulting in 30 percent of the state's total traffic fatalities.