June 28, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Four people from Eugene, Oregon received non-life threatening injuries Friday afternoon when a driver lost control of a pickup following a tire malfunction along Interstate 5 north of Ashland. OSP Central Point Area Command office is completing the investigation.
According to Senior Trooper Tom Harrison, on June 28, 2013 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup with a canopy-covered bed area driven by KYLE SHOULDERS, age 41, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 20 when one of the tires blew out. SHOULDERS lost control as the pickup traveled into the center median and rolled until coming to rest on its top across the two northbound lanes.
An approaching commercial truck driver swerved, narrowly missing the overturned pickup. His name is not available but his actions may have prevented serious injury to 3 people by avoiding the pickup.
The driver and two front passengers, a 14-year old male and 21-year old female, were able to crawl out of the overturned pickup on their own power. A passenger in the covered pickup bed, AMY SHOULDERS, age 41, was ejected with the canopy out of the bed area.
All four were transported by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Phoenix Police Department, Talent Police Department, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Jackson County Fire District 5, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
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