Two Phoenix-area residents died Sunday afternoon in a two vehicle collision on Interstate 5 about one mile south of Rogue River.

Two Phoenix-area residents died Sunday afternoon in a two vehicle collision on Interstate 5 about one mile south of Rogue River.

According to Sgt. Mark Byrd, at about 3:11 p.m. Sunday a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Frank Albert Ringgard, 68, of Phoenix ,was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 46 in the right lane overtaking a commercial truck. The pickup attempted to change to the left lane and clipped the front of a 2004 Toyota Camry driven by Mona Jean Sullivan, 59, of Bonanza, witnesses said.

As both vehicles lost control, the Ford pickup traveled into the grass center median and rolled several times. Ringgard, who was not using a seat belt, was ejected from the pickup. The passenger, Helen R. Sorena, 81 of Phoenix was not ejected. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Toyota also traveled into the center grass median where it spun out of control before coming to a stop. Sullivan and her passenger and husband, Daniel L. Sullivan, 61, were not injured. They were using their seat belts, according to officials.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Jackson County Medical Examiners Office.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by ODOT, Rogue River Fire Department, Rogue River Police Department, and Jackson County Fire District 1.