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Truck crash injures 3 on Highway 199

Correction: See below.

A three-vehicle crash on Highway 199 in Josephine County Wednesday closed the road for about two hours and landed three people in local hospitals.

The crash happened at about 11:50 a.m. about a mile north of Wonder, Oregon State Police reported.

The driver of a gray 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup was waiting to make a left turn off the highway when a loaded Freightliner chip truck failed to stop and rear-ended the pickup.

The Nissan was pushed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a white 2004 Chevrolet Express van, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Kirk Melahn said.

The chip truck skidded across the pavement, blocking all lanes of travel.

Illinois Valley Fire Department crews had to extricate the van's driver, James William Ball, 63, of Selma, and his wife, whose name was unavailable Wednesday.

James Ball was airlifted to Rogue Valley Medical Center.

His wife and the pickup's driver, Mark Chadwell, 57, of Grants Pass, were taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass by American Medical Response ambulance, Melahn said.

The chip truck driver, Jeffrey Allen Cairns, 50, of Crescent City, Calif., wasn't injured, Melahn said. He was cited for careless driving, a ticket that carries a $500 fine.

Melahn said all the patients appeared to be doing OK when he visited the hospitals Wednesday afternoon to talk with them as part of his investigation into the crash.

Correction: The headline on this story originally listed the wrong route number for the highway. This version has been corrected.