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'Evidence of alcoholic beverages & speed' investigated as factors in Coos County crash

Coos County Sheriff’s Office investigates single-vehicle rollover near the intersection of North Bay Road and Haynes Way Lane in North Bend, May 17, 2018. (CCSO photo)

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Police are investigating a Thursday night crash that sent multiple people to the hospital, one with serious injuries.

Just before 11:40 p.m., Coos County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover near the intersection of North Bay Road and Haynes Way Lane in North Bend.

Upon arrival, three of the four occupants were out of the vehicle but the front passenger was still trapped. North Bay Fire Department used the “jaws of life” to extricate the passenger, a 17-year-old boy.

The driver, 18-year-old Anthony Catanzaro of North Bend, was interviewed by deputies and admitted to driving in excess of the designated speed limit at the time of the crash, the report said. The vehicle failed to negotiate a sharp turn, struck the dirt embankment and flipped upside down.

This 17-year-old passenger was transported by Bay Cities Ambulance to Bay Area Hospital with serious injuries. Catanzaro and two minor female passengers were also transported to the hospital for minor injuries. Police said all minor children’s names are being withheld as part of the investigation.

At this time the status of the injured isn't known.

"Deputies located evidence of alcoholic beverages and speed as being factors of the crash," Coos County Sheriff's Office said.

The Coos County Crash Team, a multi-jurisdictional team headed by the District Attorney’s Office, was activated and assisted the sheriff’s office in the investigation. The team assists with documentation of the scene and interviews.

Investigators left the scene at about 2 a.m.

The investigation regarding criminal allegations is ongoing and continues Friday with scene analysis and interviews, police said.

Coos County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Oregon State Police, North Bend Police, Coos County District Attorney’s Office, North Bay Fire and Bay Cities Ambulance.

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