March 27, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is beginning the investigation into early Thursday morning's two-vehicle wrong way driver-involved fatal traffic crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about five miles south of Medford. The southbound lanes are blocked and traffic is being diverted to Highway 99 with anticipated closure and possible delays for a few hours.
Preliminary information indicates on March 27, 2014 at approximately 3:17 a.m., OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, local fire and medical personnel, and ODOT were dispatched to a reported traffic crash involving a wrong way driver in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24. The crash involves two vehicles with one confirmed fatality. The offending driver, who was northbound in the southbound lanes, was extricated from the vehicle and is being taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries.
OSP troopers and collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are on scene investigating. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor on part of the offender driver and this is considered a criminal investigation.
OSP is being assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office, local fire personnel and ODOT.
Traffic updates may be monitored on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.
No more information expected for release until later today.
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