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Collision injures six teens, one seriously

Two people remain in the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries, after a crash late Saturday in which a group of friends in two vehicles driving to the same residence by separate routes collided at an intersection in Grants Pass.

The crash occurred at about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Demaray Drive and Midway Avenue as a group of six friends were headed from Applegate Community Church in Ruch to a home in Grants Pass, said Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson.

The vehicles were initially following each other but diverged at a fork at Demaray and Jerome Prairie Road, Gilbertson said.

Jacksonville resident Brett Allenman, 18, was driving a Honda Civic south on Midway. He failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Demaray, Gilbertson said. A Chevrolet Camaro driven by Allenman's friend, Alex Wells, 18, was passing through the intersection westbound on Demaray and struck the Honda.

White City resident Jeremy Andrew Hanson, 19, a volunteer firefighter at Jackson County Fire District No. 3, was ejected out of the back of the Honda Civic, Gilbertson said.

He was in critical condition Monday at Providence Medford Medical Center.

Allenman, Wells, Alicia Wells, 22, of Grants Pass, Teddy Varner, 17, of Medford, and Jessica Mach, 18, of Merlin, also were injured in the crash.

All were treated and released late Saturday, except for Mach, who was in good condition Monday at Three Rivers Community Hospital.

Oregon State Police is investigating the accident.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.