Four people were seriously injured, two critically, in a Monday afternoon rollover crash on Highway 62 about four miles west of Shady Cove that closed part of the highway for about four hours, authorities said.
Justin Karlan, 20, of Medford was ejected from the vehicle during the 1:37 p.m. single-vehicle crash and suffered what the Oregon State Police called critical injuries.
Also injured was the driver, 20-year-old Colyn L. Shepard of Medford as well as two other passengers — 16-year-old Bryce Tepper of Medford and 15-year-old Timothy McCree from Shady Cove.
Karlan was airlifted to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford for treatment, and he was later joined by the others via ground ambulance, police said.
Not all their conditions were available Monday evening. Asante spokesman Grant Walker said two of the four were in critical condition, but he could not confirm which two.
The OSP said Shephard was driving a 2001 Honda Passport sport-utility vehicle west on Highway 62 near milepost 16 where Shephard lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons on the highway's right shoulder.
The vehicle rolled several times before coming to a rest in the grass about 20 yards from the highway, according to the OSP.
One westbound lane was closed for more than four hours, police said.