Troopers, paramedics and firefighters responded to a head-on collision on Highway 140 just after 6:00 Friday night. Oregon State Police say a car and a pick-up truck hit head on at mile marker 18, outside of White City. The crash closed Highway 140 in both directions for several hours.
Troopers say there were a total of six victims. Two were taken by helicopter, three were transported by ambulance. The remaining victim died at the scene and one person who was transported died.
According to OSP’s initial investigation, a Honda, headed toward Medford with four people inside, started sliding. It collided with the pick-up truck which was heading toward Klamath Falls. The truck was driven by a man who was with his 8 year old son.
Troopers say the two victims were riding in the Honda and were not wearing their seat belts. OSP believes the Honda’s speed and winter road conditions contributed to the crash but the investigation is on going. Troopers also say at least one person in the Honda was under the influence of drugs.
As of 11:45 Friday night OSP had not released the names of those involved. 4 survivors were taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. The father in the pick-up truck was reportedly in surgery as of late Friday night. The conditions of the other victims were not available.