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Oregon State Police Troopers investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash on I-5 near MP 11

On May 3, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. Oregon State Police Troopers from the Central Point Area Command responded to the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision involving two vehicles. One of the vehicle was traveling the wrong direction - northbound in the southbound lanes.

 Investigation at the scene showed that a 2003 Pontiac Vibe driven by Derek MASSEY, age 41 of Talent, Oregon alone in his vehicle, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when he collided head on into a 2006 Ford Expedition driven by Ryan Thompson, age 36 of French Gulch, CA, who was also alone in his vehicle.

 Thompson sustained non-life threatening injuries and MASSEY was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. MASSEY'S next of kin has been notified.

Investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing. It is unknown at this time if intoxicants were a contributing factor. Photographs of the scene are not yet available.


Contact Info: Sgt. David Beck, Oregon State Police Central Point Area Command, (541) 618-7946