Ashland man dies in crash
EAGLE POINT — An Ashland man was killed and his teenage brother was critically injured Wednesday night in a three-car crash on Highway 62 near Eagle Point.
Nicholas Gordon, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene after he attempted to pass another car two miles east of Eagle Point near the Willamette Egg Farm, Oregon State Police officials said.
Gordon was westbound when his 1998 Subaru Impreza entered the opposite lane to pass another car.
Apparently, he did not see a 2005 Toyota Highlander, driven by 77-year-old Erik Larsen of Shady Cove, coming from the opposite direction and attempted to swerve back into his lane to avoid a collision.
Gordon over-corrected and his car began to fishtail and merged back into the opposite lane. The car was struck broadside by the oncoming Toyota.
Passenger Maxwell Gordon, 17, was taken by Mercy Flights ground ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford where he was listed in critical condition late Wednesday. It is not known if the teen was wearing a seat belt, OSP officials said.
Larsen and his wife, Susan Larsen, 69, were both wearing seat belts and were transported by ground ambulance to RVMC with non-life threatening injuries, OSP said.
In addition, Eagle Point residents Walter Orange, 57, and Michelle Orange, 64, were not injured after their 2002 Hyundai sport utility vehicle struck the rear of the Toyota shortly after the crash. Both were wearing seat belts, OSP said.
OSP troopers closed down a large section of the highway for nearly three hours while investigating the crash. Both lanes were opened at 9:40 p.m.
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputies, Shady Cove Police Department officers, Eagle Point Police Department officers, Jackson County Fire District 3 crews and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
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