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Two injured in lakeside crash

The trio of neon-green Buddhas glued to the dash board were the only items in the dark blue 1995 Isuzu Rodeo that weren&

t knocked out of place when the vehicle rolled down a rocky 40-foot embankment near Emigrant Lake around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

The two women in the car &

Allison Woodward, 20, and Shannon Myers, 33 &

were not as lucky.

One was able to climb from the SUV after it came to rest against a jagged boulder on it&

s driver&

s side. She was taken by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford.

The other, though rescue crews on the scene aren&

t sure which one, needed to be pulled from the vehicle by paramedics and airlifted by Mercy Flights to RVMC.

A nursing supervisor at RMVC said both women were &

stable, but serious,&

this morning.

The accident occurred when Woodward turned onto the gravel road, an access point to the lake off of Highway 66 approximately seven-tenths of a mile south of the main entrance. She apparently lost control in the loose rock, according to Jackson County Fire District 5 Division Chief Darin Welburn.

The zig-zag tire tracks run about 80 meters from the highway to the point where the SUV drove off the right side of the road.


They had to be scootin&

along pretty good by the time they got here,&

Welburn said.

The Rodeo dove over the side, dislodging at least one of the chair-sized boulders on the embankment as the vehicle crashed onto the driver&

s side.

Speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Rescue crews from Fire District 5 and Ashland Fire and Rescue, as well as a Jackson County sheriff deputy, responded to the scene.

The sheriff deputy at the scene directed all questions regarding the accident to Sheriff Mike Winters, who could not provide additional information Thursday morning.

Staff writer Jennifer Squires can be reached at 482-3456 x 3019 or jsquires@dailytidings.com.