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Passers-by lift van from atop woman

ASHLAND — An 83-year-old Ashland women remained hospitalized late Friday after she was struck by a van while crossing North Main Street, officials said.

The woman, whose name was not made available by Ashland police, was crossing the road at around 2 p.m. when a man driving a Mobile Care Inc. van hit her as he was turning off of Hersey Street, Ashland police Sgt. Teresa Selby said. "Because he was in the act of turning the driver was only going about 10 miles an hour when the accident happened," Selby said.

The woman became pinned underneath the van's tire. Four passers-by stopped to lift the van off her, possible saving her life, Selby said.

The van's driver was not under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash. There were no passengers in the van. An investigation into whether charges will be filed against him are under way, Selby said.

"There may not be any cause for criminal charges in this case," Selby said.

North Main Street was closed for 30 minutes as paramedics and rescue workers arrived on the scene. It was then opened to one lane for another 30 minutes before the scene was cleared, Selby said.

The woman was rushed to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. Selby did not know her condition.