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Icy roads to blame in White City accident this morning

Police are blaming a head-on collision near the intersection of Agate and Antelope roads this morning on slick roads caused by freezing fog.

All three of the people involved in the crash were transported to Providence Medford Medical Center, but each was treated and released shortly after arriving, a hospital official said.

Edward O'Connor, 61, Central Point was driving a gray Mazda truck eastbound on Antelope Road at about 8:30 a.m., when he lost control, crossed the center turning lane and collided with a white GMC minivan driven by Donald Sherwood, 61, Shady Cove. James Ulrich, 62, Shady Cove, was a passenger in the minivan.

O'Conner lost control of his truck on a straight stretch of Antelope Road between Table Rock and Agate roads.

"Freezing fog has played a major role in many of the accidents we have had these past few days," said Andrea Carlson, spokeswoman for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

"When you have conditions like we have had this time of year, you have to slow down, and just take your time getting there," she said.

Traffic on Antelope Road was block for about 45 minutes as emergency crews worked to clear the wreckage from the road. Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Mercy Flights, and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 responded to the incident.

Carlson said that neither car was exceeding the speed limit in the crash, and she warned drivers that just because roads aren't slick at one location in the valley doesn't mean that they aren't slick somewhere else.

"It's been pretty patchy ... You just can't tell when or where a sheet of black ice is going to be on the roads," she said.

Concluding an investigation into the incident by Jackson County sheriff's deputies, no citations were issued, Carlson said.

— Sam Wheeler

Icy roads to blame in White City accident this morning