Three Eagle Point students killed in crash
Three seniors at Eagle Point High School were killed Saturday night in a car accident, the high school confirmed on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
The post said "with sadness" it relayed information provided through the families ofLuciana Tellez, Giselle (Jennifer) Montano and Esmeralda Nava that the young women had died.
Although Oregon State Police have not confirmed, based on comments from community members, the three students seem to have been killed in a crash on southbound Interstate 5 north of Rice Hill in which four people total died.
According to an OSP release, a red Acura Integra was traveling southbound on I-5 when for unknown reasons the driver turned the vehicle around in its lane and drove in the opposite direction. It struck a southbound Nissan Murano and both vehicles became engulfed in fire, the release said. Police dispatched at 9:33 p.m.
Bystanders removed two passengers from the Nissan, but both died from their injuries. Neither of the drivers could be recovered from their vehicles, the release said, and they also died from their injuries.
Eagle Point High School's Facebook post said the school would open its doors from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday for staff and students to grieve together. A vigil is planned for 7:30 p.m. at Burns Park in White City, 7800 Division Road, another Facebook post said. Attendants are asked to wear white.
Investigators with the Oregon State Police are seeking information about the crash, especially those who may have seen the red Acura Integra on southbound I-5 before the crash occurred. Those with information are asked to call 541-440-3333, referencing case number SP18-181178.
This story is being updated.