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Injuries minor in I-5 crash

A crash on Interstate 5 near Rogue River Sunday night sent one vehicle spinning into the median and a pickup truck and U-Haul trailer plunging over an embankment, but caused no serious injuries, police said.

The truck, a 2009 Chevy Silverado, and trailer were totaled and the couple inside suffered injuries, but their toddler daughter was unhurt, Oregon State Police reported. A passenger in the other vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Scion, was also examined at a local hospital.

Jacob Albinio Jr., 28, of Newport, was driving the Chevy south on I-5 near the Rogue River exit when the Scion, driven by Raona Mecka, 19, of Bothell, Wash., attempted to pass the vehicle. Unaware of the passing vehicle, Albinio moved into the lane, sideswiping the Scion, a preliminary OSP report said.

The Scion hit a barrier on the freeway's left shoulder, spun in circles and came to rest in the center median. The Chevy swerved, hit the right guardrail and launched down a 40-foot embankment, the police report said.

Albinio and his passenger, 24-year-old Melanie Albinio, were taken to Three Rivers Community Hospital. Two-year-old Hailey Albinio was uninjured.

Police cited Jacob Albinio for making an unsafe lane change. His truck and trailer were totaled.

All the vehicles had to be towed away.

Mecka was uninjured, but her passenger, Sally Knowles, 19, was taken to Three Rivers for an examination after complaining of back pain, OSP said.

Knowles and the Albinios were all treated and released, hospital officials said.