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  Reports to 911 say a car was being driven dangerously   Several callers relayhed information to 911 dispatchers that the driver had made unlawful U-turns  

Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Friday April 23, 2021 - 2:11 AM
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BANDON, Oregon - Several people have died in a vehicle crash on Highway 101 on the Oregon coast near Bandon. Early Thursday morning calls poured into 911 reporting that someone was driving dangerously with a California license plate in a red Mitsubishi, making unlawful u-turns on the highway and excessive speeds and near-collisions

U.S. Highway 101 was closed for about six hours after the accident north of Bandon.

Several callers relayed information to 911 dispatchers that the driver had made unlawful U-turns on the highway just outside of Bandon. They reported that the driver was driving fast and more than once nearly had an accident with other motorists.

Then came a report to 911 that the driver's car was involved in a crash at about 8:17 a.m. with several people who had died in the crash.

Authorities have not said exactly how many people died and there is currently no further information about the crash and deaths.

Law enforcement are asking anyone with information regarding the suspect vehicle, described by the sheriff's office as a red Mitsubishi Eclipse with California license plate 4NDF245, to get in touch with authorities by leaving a message with dispatch at 541-396-2106.

Capt. Gabe Fabrizio, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, hopes to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle between Langlois and the Highway 101-Highway 42 intersection between 7 and 8:20 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle had been reported as far south as Gold Beach as early as 6:30 a.m., according to Fabrizio.