Fatal accident near Central Point involved California band

Updated, 10:18 a.m. One passenger died and another was injured this morning when a southbound van loaded with nine people connected to a San Francisco-based metal band rolled over on Interstate 5 near Central Point, according to the Oregon State Police.

Police have not released the names of the people involved but said the nine men in the van were connected with a San Francisco metal band that performed at an outdoor concert in Eugene over the weekend and was headed back to California.

The van's driver reportedly fell asleep and lost control of the van, police said.

The van and a trailer it was pulling traveled off the right shoulder, rolled and came to rest off the freeway in a grassy area, police said. They said no one in the van was wearing a safety belt, and that the man who died was thrown from a rear cargo area.

The driver and one passenger were transported by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was slow in the area while the wreck was cleared.

— Damian Mann


Updated, 9:45 a.m. One passenger died and another was injured this morning when a southbound van loaded with nine people rolled over on Interstate 5 near Central Point, according to the Oregon State Police.

Police have not released the names of the people involved but said those in the van were part of a band from Eugene heading to Reno. The driver lost control near milepost 34.

Police believe the cause of the 5:54 a.m. accident was driver fatigue.

Traffic was slow in the area while the wreck was cleared.

— Damian Mann


8:15 a.m. update One person has died in an accident on Interstate 5 north of Central Point, police are reporting.

The accident occurred just before 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes at milepost 35.

Traffic in the area may be slow as the accident is cleared.

No other details were immediately available.

— Staff reports


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