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Out-of-control hay trailer causes fatal crash

A Jacksonville woman died following a three-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Highway 238 outside Jacksonville, Oregon State Police reported.

Nancy Asman, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened near milepost 38 just before 6 p.m., OSP said in a news release.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash at 5:56 p.m. A preliminary investigation shows 21-year-old Charles Redlingshafer of Central Point had been driving a 1989 Ford pickup towing a trailer loaded with hay, though what direction he was heading was not immediately available.

Redlingshafer lost control of the trailer near milepost 38 and crashed into a 1987 Toyota pickup driven by Asman, and a Geo Metro. The identity of the Metro driver has not yet been released, but police said its driver sustained “serious injuries” and was transported to a local hospital. Redlingshafer was not injured. There were no other passengers in any of the vehicles, OSP said. On Wednesday afternoon, what caused the loss of control of the trailer was not yet known.

Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation closed Highway 238 for nine hours during the investigation and recovery of the affected vehicles. Traffic was detoured from the highway to Oregon Street in Jacksonville to Cady Road. All lanes reopened at 2:57 a.m. Wednesday.

Other agencies responding included Applegate Valley Fire District, Mercy Flights, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville police.