Man dies in car accident after crashing head-on into tree west of Eugene

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MAPLETON, Oregon — Authorities say a man has died in a car crash on Highway 126, west of Eugene.

Oregon State Police say a sport utility vehicle was traveling westbound on the highway when it veered off the roadway and crashed head-on into a tree. The accident occurred on Saturday at about 3 a.m. near the town of Mapleton.

As a result of the crash, the tree broke in the middle and landed on the highway, blocking the eastbound lane.

Police say it's not known why the car veered off the road. The man was declared deceased at the scene.

His name is being withheld pending next of kin notifications.

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