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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 west of Interstate 5
Sergeant Lynn Withers
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
(541) 440-3334

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A 72-year old Roseburg woman died Tuesday night at a Portland area hospital from injuries she sustained earlier that day in a traffic crash on Highway 42 west of Interstate 5. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.
NOBU CRESS, age 72, from Roseburg, was critically injured and initially taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. She was then airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where she reportedly died Tuesday night. She was using safety restraints and her car's airbags deployed.
The ongoing investigation to this point indicates on April 27, 2010 at approximately 10:50 a.m. a 2007 Honda Accord four-door driven by GERRILYNN L. BLAYLOCK, age 51, from Winston, was westbound on Highway 42 in the left lane when it drove through a red stop signal at full speed in the intersection with Carnes Road. The Honda Accord crashed into a 2001 Honda Civic four-door driven by CRESS that was turning left on a green light from southbound lane of Carnes Road to go eastbound on Highway 42. The impact pushed the Honda Civic backwards into the intersection. The Honda Accord then continued into the eastbound lanes were it struck a 2009 Toyota Corolla four-door that was preparing to turn from the eastbound center turn lane onto Carnes Road.
BLAYLOCK was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg by ambulance where she was treated and released for minor injuries. She was using safety restraints and her car's airbags deployed.
The Toyota's driver, TRUDY ANN DAHMS, age 63, from Winston, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. She was using safety restraints and her car's airbags deployed.
OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office, with the assistance of a collision reconstructionist, are continuing the investigation. No enforcement action taken pending the investigation findings.
Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston Dillard Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene. A partial highway closure was in place about two hours. It was fully re-opened about 2:00 p.m.