8-year-old dies, 13-year-old injured in crash

8-year-old dies, 13-year-old injured in crash

ALBANY, Ore. -- A deadly rollover crash had southbound Interstate 5 north of Albany closed for about three hours Sunday night, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

State police said that a 2000 Dodge Durango carrying six people crashed and rolled several times, coming to rest on it's side near milepost 234 at around 7 p.m. Sunday.

An 8-year-old boy was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

Troopers say the boy's 13-year-old brother was seriously injured and transported by ambulance first to Albany General Hospital and then transferred to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

Authorities have not released the names of the people involved in the fatal crash at this point, but say the 53-year old male driver, a 37-year old female passenger and two other juvenile-age passengers were injured but not taken to the hospital.

Officials say a tire malfunction may have led to the crash, but the investigation is continuing.

Both north and southbound lanes were blocked for around an hour, with vehicles skirting the crash on the shoulder of the roadway.