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Rollover crash temporarily blocks both northbound lanes of I-5 near Phoenix

A Jeep that lost a tire while merging onto Interstate 5 near Phoenix crashed Wednesday morning, temporarily halting northbound freeway traffic, according to Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Fire and law enforcement officials first responded to the scene, located near milepost 24, at 7:49 a.m.

A brief OSP report states the Jeep, driven by 21-year-old Bryce Crawford, of Talent was entering the freeway when the vehicle’s “passenger side rear tire fell off while driving.” Officials said they do not know how the tire fell off.

The vehicle crashed into the freeway’s median cable barrier and rolled over, damaging “about six” cable barrier poles, the report reads. The Jeep sustained more than $2,500 in damage and was towed from the scene.

Responding medical personnel transported Crawford to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released, according to hospital spokeswoman Lauren Van Sickle.

The crash halted northbound freeway traffic for about 20 minutes, according to ODOT public information officer Gary Leaming.

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