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4 injured in Rogue River 4Runner crash

Four people were hospitalized — and one person remained there Wednesday — following a rural Jackson County crash involving an open-topped SUV and no seatbelts.

On Saturday afternoon, Steven Cagle Wyatt, 33, of Eagle Point, struck a tree while driving a 1987 Toyota 4Runner with three adult passengers in the Elderberry Flats area, according to a release issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Cagle Wyatt had swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle while negotiating a curve on a narrow, gravel portion of West Fork Evans Creek Road at the 9.5-mile mark and lost control of the Toyota, according to police. No one in the other vehicle was injured.

Mercy Flights took Cagle Wyatt and two female passengers to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, and a male passenger was rushed to RRMC by helicopter. The male passenger, whose name was not released, remained in the hospital Wednesday.

The first 911 call about the crash came in at 4:04 p.m., according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon records. The Sheriff’s Office says the incident occurred in an area with no cellular service, so witnesses had to drive several miles from the crash in order to call for help.

Investigators have ruled out impairment or reckless driving as factors in the crash; however, none of the 4Runner’s four passengers wore seatbelts.

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