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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 south of Gold Hill
03/19/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's fatal traffic crash southbound on Interstate 5 south of Gold Hill. One person died and two others were seriously injured.
 
According to OSP Senior Trooper William Matson, on March 19, 2010 at approximately 4:49 a.m. a commercial truck pulling two trailers loaded with wood chip products was driven by KENNETH WAYNE MOSS, age 49, from Grants Pass, southbound on Interstate 5 in the right lane near milepost 39 uphill at approximately 20 mph. A 1996 Chevrolet van driven by CRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ, age 32, from Santa Rosa, California was approaching from the rear in the right lane, failed to move into the left lane and crashed into the back of the rear trailer.

RODRIGUEZ was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints and the van's airbags deployed.

Right front passenger/wife DEBORAH SOLIS, age 36, was critically injured. Middle rear seat passenger IMMER E. CASTILLO-GARCIA, age 27, from Daly City, California was seriously injured. After being extricated from the van by Jackson County Fire District 3 firefighters, both were transported by Mercy Flights ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center. SOLIS was using safety restraints. Use of safety restraints by CASTILLO-GARCIA is pending confirmation.

MOSS was using safety restraints and wasn't injured. He was driving for Erv Bettendorf Trucking out of White City.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office and ODOT assisted at the scene. Traffic was allowed to travel through the area using the inside shoulder.