A Rogue River man died Wednesday afternoon on Redwood Avenue, south of Grants Pass, when his pickup truck swerved off the road and struck a large tree, according to a news release.

Jeremy Pippin, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene after being extricated from the truck by Grants Pass Fire & Rescue crew members. The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. near milepost 4.

The truck’s passenger, 22-year-old Max McClaron, of Grants Pass, was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The highway stretch was closed for over an hour while fire crews, Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation crews worked the scene. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

— Ryan Pfeil