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Wrong-way crash near Ashland closes freeway for hours

An Oregon State Police drone investigates what was reported as a wrong-way fatal crash Tuesday morning on southbound Interstate 5. The investigation into the wrong-way crash closed the freeway for more than three hours during rush hour. Jon Decker / Mail Tribune.

The Oregon Department of Transportation temporarily closed Interstate 5 near Ashland while Oregon State Police troopers investigated the circumstances of a crash that possibly involved a wrong-way driver, and resulted in at least one fatality.

The head-on crash was reported at 5:41 a.m. Tuesday between mileposts 15 and 16, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon records.

ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming said the crash was reported as a wrong-way crash and rollover, but he did not say how many vehicles were involved or the extent of injuries.

Leaming said Oregon State Police investigators brought in a drone team as part of the crash investigation, and that tow crews were en route to get the roadway reopened as quickly as possible.

“We do not want to divert I-5 traffic,” Leaming said.

All lanes were back open as of an 8:57 a.m.

For the latest road information, see TripCheck.com, call 1-800-977-6368 or dial 511.