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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 62 east of Eagle Point
Sergeant Tanya Henderson
Oregon State Police - Central Point
Office: (541) 776-6236 ext. 248

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One person died, his brother was critically injured, and two others received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday evening in a three-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 62 about two miles east of Eagle Point in front of Willamette Egg Farm.
On January 2, 2008 at approximately 6:56 p.m. a 1998 Subaru Impreza four-door driven by NICHOLAS GORDON, age 20, from Ashland, was westbound on Highway 62 near milepost 12 when it began an attempted pass of another vehicle on a straight stretch of two-lane highway. Upon beginning the attempted pass, an eastbound 2005 Toyota Highlander driven by ERIK LARSEN, age 77, from Shady Cove, was approaching so the Subaru braked in attempt to slow and move back into the westbound lane. GORDON lost control and his vehicle began to fishtail, sliding broadside into the eastbound lane where it was struck in the driver's side by the front of the Toyota Highlander. After the initial impact, an eastbound 2002 Hyundai sport utility vehicle struck the back of the Toyota Highlander causing minor damage.
NICHOLAS GORDON was using safety restraints and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
His brother was seated in the right front passenger seat and was critically injured. MAXWELL GORDON, age 17, from Ashland, was transported by Mercy Flights ground ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center. Safety restraint use has not been confirmed.
ERIK LARSON and his wife, SUSAN LARSON, age 69, were both using safety restraints and were transported by ground ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The two Hyundai occupants, WALTER ORANGE, age 57, and MICHELLE ORANGE, age 64, both from Eagle Point, were not injured. Both were using safety restraints.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Assistance at the scene provided by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Shady Cove Police Department, Eagle Point Police Department, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.
Highway 62 was closed about 2 1/2 hours.