California driver cited after crash on I-5

Medford Firefighters respond to an accident near exit 30 Friday. Mail Tribune / Jamie LuschJamie Lusch

A California man faces a DUII charge after rolling his pickup on Interstate 5 near Medford on Friday, police said.

Medical responders and Oregon State Police were called to the freeway near milepost 30 after drivers reported that a full-size pickup hauling a 30-foot trailer had turned over in the road.

Michael Griley, 52, of Escondido, Calif., was driving the pickup when he reportedly swerved to miss a black plastic bag in the road. He then over-corrected and the pickup pitched over onto its side, OSP said.

The pickup came to rest partially in the center grass median and the left traffic lane. The freeway was blocked as Medford Fire-Rescue personnel cut the roof from the vehicle to free Griley and his wife, Wendy Griley, 49. Both were taken to Providence Medford Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

Griley at some point failed a DUII test and was cited to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on that charge.

Two cats inside the vehicle were rescued and are being held by Jackson County Animal Control, OSP said.

Both lanes of the interstate were closed for about an hour during the rescue and the crash reconstruction by OSP.


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