A crash investigation is slowing traffic south of Coquille Tuesday afternoon.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said the crash happened earlier in the day when a green PT Cruiser headed southbound on state Highway 42 traveled across the center line into the northbound lane. The car collided with the embankment just south of the Coquille Liquor Store.

Frasier said the driver was taken to Coquille Valley Hospital with severe injuries, and was being prepped for transport to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

The driver is suspected of being under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash.

The crash investigation is being handled by the Coos County Crash Team, a multi-agency task force made up of local police departments, the Coos County Sheriff's Office, the district attorney and the county's chief deputy medical examiner.

As of 4 p.m., police had closed the western northbound lane near the area of the crash. Frasier said investigators will most likely reduce traffic to one lane in each direction within the next few hours.

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