Medford police have confirmed one person is dead following a two-vehicle crash just after 3:40 a.m. today at the corner of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 99.
9:34 a.m. Medford police have confirmed one person is dead following a two-vehicle crash just after 3:40 a.m. today at the corner of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 99.
The man is an unidentified reforestation crew worker, one of seven who were in a van heading out to work when a truck struck their vehicle and knocked it over. These types of crews typically head out to the forest to do their work early in the morning and return in the afternoon.
Police have corrected previous reports that the female driver had been interviewed by investigators. Lt. Mike Budreau said the woman left her vehicle after the crash and fled the scene on foot toward the Rogue Valley Mall, according to witness statements.
"She was gone by the time (police) arrived. We believe she is also injured," Budreau said. "She may be seeking medical attention."
All Southern Oregon hospitals have been notified that she may be coming in.
"At this point she could be anywhere," Budreau said.
Of the seven-man crew, three were uninjured in the crash. One is in critical condition, one is dead, and two are in serious but stable condition. Crew members with more serious injuries were taken to Providence Medical Center, the rest to Rogue Valley Medical Center.
"It's going to be difficult to get the names of all the involved," Budreau said.
The Serious/Fatal Accident Reconstruction team is still on scene, which is causing traffic delays. Police said they should be clear later this morning.
— Ryan Pfeil
Several people were injured and rushed to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash just after 3:40 a.m. today at the corner of Crater Lake Highway and Highway 99, fire officials said.
Medford Fire-Rescue officials said four fire trucks were dispatched to the area following reports of the crash. Multiple injuries were reported.
"There was debris scattered all over the place," said Medford Fire battalion chief Ken Goodson.
Medford police are looking for a woman involved in the crash who allegedly fled the scene after talking to police.
Police officials said they were not yet prepared to release her name, the number of people injured or details on the crash.
"There are just a lot of unknowns right now," said Lt. Mike Budreau. "The scene was pretty chaotic."
The Serious/Fatal Traffic Accident Reconstruction — S.T.A.R. — Team is currently on scene.
"They're still investigating everything about it," Budreau said.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
— Ryan Pfeil