CENTRAL POINT — A Sunday car crash suspected of being caused by a drunken driver injured six people, including three children.
The two-vehicle crash was reported at 1:10 p.m. in the 10300 block of Blackwell Road, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
A preliminary investigation by the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team found that a maroon Nissan Altima, driven by 23-year-old Gold Hill resident John Viera Andrade, was traveling southbound on Blackwell Road when it crossed the center line and struck a white Dodge Caravan. A family of five, including three young children, were inside. All five were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford with "varying degrees of injuries," the news release said.
Firefighters from Jackson County Fire District 3 and medics from Mercy Flights responded to the scene. Andrade had to be extricated from his vehicle before being transported to RRMC by helicopter.
Sheriff's officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the ages of the children and the severity of the injuries. Andrade was listed in good condition Monday, according to Asante officials.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Detective Ben Weaver at 541-774-6800.