Three seriously injured in traffic crash near Diamond Lake

Three California residents were seriously injured in a rollover traffic crash Sunday on Highway 138 northwest of Diamond Lake, Oregon State Police reported.

A news release from OSP says 59-year-old Lynne Wright of Chula Vista, Calif., was driving westbound on Highway 138 near milepost 66 in the Umpqua National Forest. At about 4:12 p.m. her 2003 Honda sport utility vehicle jerked to the right. She lost control, and the vehicle flipped. A witness said the SUV rolled several times before coming to a stop off the highway.

Wright and 38-year-old passenger Allison Wright, also of Chula Vista, were extricated from the wreckage. A 10-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle. All three were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

Whether the driver and passengers had their seatbelts on is still under investigation, and police are investigating a tire malfunction as the accident's cause. Their conditions were not immediately available today.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Law Enforcement, the Chemult Fire Department, Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and Glide Rural Fire Protection District assisted OSP at the scene.

— Ryan Pfeil

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