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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass
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 afternoon's three-vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 9-year old boy and injuries to three others, including two children. The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 about twelve miles north of Grants Pass, restricting traffic to one lane for an hour causing traffic delays in the area.
According to OSP Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on June 24, 2011 at approximately 4:40 p.m. a 2001 GMC Yukon driven by SADHANA D. KUMAR, age 29, from Woodland Hills, California was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 70 attempting to pass a 1997 Holiday Rambler motorhome driven by TERRY L. HARBOUR, age 66, from Arroyo Grande, California. As the GMC Yukon was completing the pass, SADHANA KUMAR lost control and collided with the motorhome twice. The GMC Yukon also crashed into a Honda CRV being towed by the motorhome, and then traveled up the embankment before rolling back down and coming to rest on its wheels alongside the freeway. The Honda CRV detached from the motorhome and came to rest also on the freeway's right shoulder.
Rear passenger KRISH ANISH KUMAR, age 9, was partially ejected from the GMC Yukon. TERRY L. HARBOUR, a retired firefighter, started lifesaving efforts on the boy until medical personnel arrived. KRISH KUMAR was pronounced deceased at the scene.
SADHANA KUMAR and two other child passengers, ages 3 and 1, were transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass. SADHANA KUMAR and the one-year old girl passenger were treated and released for minor injuries. ARAV KUMAR, age 3, was later transferred by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Sciences University Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland with serious injuries.
TERRY HARBOUR and three passengers ages 64, 30, and 16, were not injured.
Safety restraint use information by all involved persons is not available for this release.
Interstate 5 northbound was restricted to a single lane of traffic for one hour while OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site investigated the crash and medical response cared for the injured.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire Department, AMR ambulance, and ODOT.