Emergency responders were busy on rainy Tuesday morning handling several vehicle crashes on or near Highway 34.
The first, on Highway 34 near Peoria Road, delayed traffic for more than an hour after a head-on collision sent two Corvallis women to the hospital, one in critical condition.
According to Officer Jeff Freitag of the Oregon State Police, at about 6:50 a.m. a westbound 2000 Chrysler Cirrus driven by Madge Patterson, 68, drifted into the eastbound lane and collided with a 2003 Subaru Forester driven by Patricia Standage, 57.
It is unknown at this time why Patterson drifted into the oncoming lane.
Both drivers were taken by the Corvallis Fire Department to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis with broken bones.Patterson was in critical condition. Standage was in good condition.
There were no passengers in either vehicle.
Freitag said officers from the Corvallis Police Department and the Linn and Benton county sheriff's offices also responded.
Also this morning, a third party called the Linn County Sheriff's Office to report that two vehicles collided at 8:13 a.m. on Oakville Road at the intersection with Tangent Road.
According to a report, the drivers were Danielle Nicole Lee, 17, of Corvallis and Rebecca Sue Snyder, 58, of Shedd.
Lee was driving north on Oakville in a silver 1992 Honda Accord when she was distracted by the earlier crash on Highway 34 near Peoria. She told deputies she looked away from the road to get her bearings and rear-ended Snyder, who was driving a maroon 2008 Ford Expedition.
Lee was transported by medics to the Corvallis hospital. She was examined and released without injuries.
Snyder was uninjured and able to drive away from the crash.
A few minutes later, according to officer Kevin Markey of OSP, at about 8:30 a.m., Jacob Taskinen, 19, of Brownsville rear-ended a Subaru, which hit the back of a moving van near milepost 4 on Highway 34.
There were no injuries.
Taskinen was cited for driving too close.
Traffic was delayed for about 15 minutes.