UPDATED: Names in Highway 62 crash released

An Oregon State Police trooper works at the scene of a crash involving a white pickup and a white sedan on Highway 62. (Cell phone photo by Josephine Woolington / Mail Tribune)

(Updated 2:52 p.m.) Police have released the names of both drivers involved in a crash on Highway 62 this morning.

Willis Hughes, 85, of Medford, was driving north on Highway 62 in his 1998 Dodge Dakota and turning left into a Chevron station when a 2002 Ford Taurus, driven by Orauralia Robles, 57, of White City, slammed into the truck's passenger side.

The impact cause the truck to roll onto the driver side. Hughes was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Robles was also transported to RRMC with minor injuries.

Hughes was cited for making a dangerous left turn.

(Updated 11:40 a.m.) Two people were taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center this morning after a crash on Highway 62 at Corey Road, near a Chevron station and Old Farm House Restaurant and not far from Agate Road.

An 85-year-old man was driving north in a white Dodge pickup on Highway 62 around 9:30 a.m. when he attempted to turn west into the Chevron station, said Oregon State Police Sgt. David Beck. A woman in her 30s was driving south in a Ford Taurus and collided with the pickup, which rolled onto its side. The Taurus is registered to Southern Oregon Education Service District.

When Jackson County Sheriff's deputies arrived, the man was trapped in the truck, which did not have an airbag, police said. Firefighters from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 cut the roof off the truck to rescue the man.

Beck said both drivers were taken to the hospital by Mercy Flights ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Department and two fire engines from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 responded to the crash.

Dustin Fike, 30, who arrived at the Chevron station minutes after the crash, said the man had a small, black dog in his truck with him. The dog was ejected and ran into grassy fields behind the gas station. Fike said he along with other witnesses searched for the dog, but were unable to find it.

Fike speculated that the man might have been on his way to a dog grooming business, The Country Clipper, next to the Chevron station. Oregon State Police troopers were not aware of the dog.

Highway 62 headed south was reduced to one lane while emergency crews worked, but traffic was getting by, witnesses reported.

Police will continue to investigate, but Beck said speed didn't appear to be a factor. No one has been cited yet.

— Josephine Woolington


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