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I-5 crash near south Medford exit temporarily stops traffic

An accident involving three cars all but shut down the southbound lanes of I-5 near the south Medford exit for about 40 minutes Tuesday morning, backing up traffic for about two miles.

The crash happened at 7:47 a.m. A 2007 Volkswagen GTI had stopped in traffic for an unknown reason in the southbound lanes near milepost 27, according to Oregon State Police. The driver of a 1996 Nissan Sentra did not see the vehicle in time and slammed into the back of the Volkswagen. A 2015 Chrysler 300 then collided with the back of the Nissan.

All three drivers declined medical assistance, but all vehicles had to be towed from the scene. OSP, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Medford Fire-Rescue responded to the scene.

Southbound commuter traffic was advised to use the North Medford and Central Point exits while responders worked to clear the vehicles and mess of crash debris from the road. All lanes reopened just before 8:30 a.m.

A Tuesday morning crash in the southbound lanes of I-5 near the south Medford interchange all but halted commuter traffic for more than a half hour. [Submitted by Oregon State Police]