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Two drivers die in single-vehicle crashes

Two people were killed Friday afternoon in unrelated single-vehicle crashes on Highway 66 and Interstate 5 in Southern Oregon.

27-year-old Lauryl Lockwood, of Ashland, died in a crash on Greensprings Highway, according to an Oregon State Police news release, and Brandon May, 23, of Central Point was killed after his vehicle left the interstate near Merlin.

The Highway 66 crash was first reported at 2:30 p.m. Friday about 9 miles east of Ashland on Highway 66, according to Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming. ODOT provided traffic control assistance.

Jackson County Fire District 5 firefighter Andy Buckingham said Lockwood was ejected from her red Toyota Celica coupe. She was found lying in a field near the wreckage, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to OSP, Lockwood was driving westbound on Highway 66 when she failed to negotiate a curve and the Toyota rolled down a steep embankment.

ODOT's TripCheck.com first warned of delays on the highway because of the crash at 3:43 p.m. and cleared the advisory at 5:18 p.m. As of Friday evening, the vehicle was off the road and awaiting a tow.

At about 4 p.m. Friday, officials responded to a crash on I-5 at milepost 62. They found a Chevrolet Malibu that had left the southbound part of the interstate along a curve, rolled and struck a tree.

May was transported to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass, where he died from his injuries.

Both crashes are under investigation by Oregon State Police.