Four Eugene residents were hurt in a traffic crash outside Ashland Friday after one of their tires popped while driving southbound on Interstate 5, Oregon State Police reported.
All four were taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
OSP said 41-year-old Kyle Shoulders was heading south about 3:30 p.m. when one of his truck's tires exploded near milepost 20. The truck, a 1998 Ford Ranger, had a canopy-covered bed area. Shoulders lost control of the vehicle, which traveled across the center median and rolled, coming to rest on its top in the northbound lanes.
An oncoming commercial truck driver swerved and missed the wreck. Shoulders and two other passengers, a 14-year-old male and 21-year-old female, crawled from the wreckage on their own. Amy Shoulders, 41, who was in the covered pickup bed, was ejected out. Their conditions at RRMC are not known.
The crash blocked the freeway's northbound lanes for one hour, but traffic was allowed to pass at a slow crawl on the right shoulder, police said.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Phoenix and Talent police, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP at the scene.
— Ryan Pfeil