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  • UPDATED: Highway 62 reopens after fatal crash north of Ball Road

  • Highway 62 has reopened after a fatal crash just north Ball Road at about noon today.
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  • 3:50 p.m. Highway 62 has reopened after a fatal crash just north Ball Road at about noon today.
    The Oregon Department of Transportation reported that the highway reopened at 3:45 p.m., when Oregon State Police completed an initial roadside investigation.
    1:20 p.m.: The male driver of a silver Ford Escape was ejected from the vehicle and died on scene after it drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic, crashing head-on into a Darigold semitruck, Oregon State Police said.
    It is not yet known what caused the northbound vehicle to drift into the lane, said OSP Senior Trooper Bill Matson. There is no suspicion of intoxicants at this time.
    The driver's name is being withheld until his next of kin is notified, Matson said.
    Both the Escape and the semitruck, which was headed southbound, sustained heavy front-end damage in the crash, according to witnesses on the scene.
    The semitrailer is blocking both lanes of Highway 62 about a quarter-mile north of the Ball Road intersection while an OSP crash reconstruction team and Oregon Department of Transportation crews continue their investigation.
    Northbound traffic is being rerouted on Ball Road; southbound traffic is being detoured onto Highway 234, OSP said.
    — Ryan Pfeil
    12:20 p.m. A fatal crash involving a semitruck and another vehicle has blocked Highway 62 north of Ball Road, preliminary reports say.
    The crash near Eagle Point was reported just before noon.
    Oregon Department of Transportation reported on www.tripcheck.com that all lanes of the highway were closed by the crash and responding emergency crews. An extended closure is expected while crash reconstruction experts investigate, officials said.
    Detours are in place to provide drivers alternate routes, ODOT reported.
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