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Medford Man dies in rollover

SHADY COVE — A 20-year-old Medford man died Monday when the water-tanker truck he was driving rolled and the cab collapsed at the intersection of Highway 62 and a logging road near Lost Creek Lake, blocking traffic for more than three hours, authorities said.

Kris Carey, a former North Medford High School football standout, was the lone occupant in the semitrailer hauling the water tanker from one logging site to another for Plumley, Inc. of White City, according to the Oregon State Police.

Carey was heading down the federal Bureau of Land Management's "A" Road and attempted to turn east onto Highway 62 when he lost control of the semi at about 3 p.m., the OSP said.

The semi and empty trailer rolled at least twice before they came to rest on their tops in the highway's westbound lanes, the OSP reported.

The cab was crushed. The vehicle was not equipped with safety constraints, police said.

Carey was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was left inside the cab as the OSP began its investigation.

Later, crews from Jackson County Fire District No. 4 cut open the cab and removed Carey's body.

Traffic was restricted to one lane in each direction until shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

Telephone calls Monday night to Plumley, Inc. were not answered.

The death of a former all-conference football player known as "Superman" came as a shock to North Medford's football community, said Jeff Olson, the team's head coach.

Carey was an all-conference defensive lineman who also started at tailback in 2006, his senior year.

"He was a throwback, a very bright kid, very energetic," Olson said Monday night. "He was a great young man who loved working in the woods.

"He certainly could have gone to college, but he had a passion for being in the woods."

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.