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  • Woman killed, three others hurt in 3-car collision

    Pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center was passenger Laura Beth Cortez, 53, of Grants Pass
  • A Grants Pass woman died and three other people were injured when a sport utility vehicle careened out of control and hit several other vehicles near a freeway interchange in Roseburg on Tuesday.
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  • A Grants Pass woman died and three other people were injured when a sport utility vehicle careened out of control and hit several other vehicles near a freeway interchange in Roseburg on Tuesday.
    The crash happened at Interstate 5's northbound exit 124, directly in front of Roseburg High School, at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
    Gail Weaver, 56, of Myrtle Creek, was leaving the interstate when she suffered an undisclosed medical emergency, police said.
    Her 2010 Honda CRV hit a curb on the west side of the off-ramp and drove through brush, Oregon State Police said in a news release.
    The Honda struck a 2005 Subaru Legacy traveling east on Harvard Avenue, causing the Subaru to spin and roll once before it came to rest on its wheels, police said. The Honda continued across the intersection, hitting a Nissan SUV driven by Eric Jenkins, 40, of Eagle Point, then the Honda came to rest on its wheels at the high school parking lot's entrance.
    The Subaru's 24-year-old driver, Matthew Cortez, and 23-year-old male passenger, G. Reinhold Prince, both of Cave Junction, were injured and taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center. Backseat passenger Laura Beth Cortez, 53, of Grants Pass, was taken by ambulance to the hospital and pronounced dead there, troopers reported.
    Cortez and Prince were released from the hospital Wednesday, according to a hospital spokesman.
    Weaver suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at Mercy. There is no evidence alcohol was a contributing factor, police said.
    Jenkins and a 39-year-old woman in his Nissan were not injured, police said.
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