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Medford woman dies in rollover crash

A Medford woman died Monday afternoon in a freeway rollover crash near Gold Hill, according to Oregon State Police.

Mary Sprangel, 71, who was a passenger in a 2002 Ford F250, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to an OSP news release. Personnel from OSP and the Oregon Department of Transportation were dispatched at about 3:40 p.m. Monday to the crash. A preliminary investigation shows Harry Sprangel, 79, had been driving northbound on Interstate 5 in pickup, pulling an Arctic Fox travel trailer. The vehicle and trailer left the roadway and overturned, and the truck caught fire.

A trooper and witnesses extinguished the fire and pulled Harry Sprangel from the vehicle, the release said. He was transported to an area hospital for injuries. His status was not immediately available.

The crash initially blocked the freeway’s northbound slow lane, causing a “more than 4-mile back-up” to Central Point’s exit 35, an ODOT news release said. All lanes had reopened by 7:11 p.m., ODOT said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Passenger Mary Sprangel, 71, of Medford died at the scene of this rollover crash near Gold Hill, according to Oregon State Police. OSP photo.