[UPDATE: 6:30 P.M.] Oregon State Police confirmed that alcohol was a factor in the accident and Richard Scott is still recovering from serious injuries at a Portland hospital. Police said he will likely face criminal charges.
[UPDATE: 11:17 A.M.] Medford Police released a statement on their Facebook page regarding the victim of this fatal traffic crash:
The Medford Police Department is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Karen Greenstein, a long time Emergency Dispatcher who was very well liked and respected in the law enforcement community. She was traveling home after a work shift this morning when she was killed by a wrong way driver on I-5, south of Medford. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
[UPDATE: 10:27 A.M.] Oregon State Police say preliminary investigation indicates a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 32-year-old Richard Webster Scott from Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of Interstate 5 when it collided head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by 58 year-old Karen Lee Greenstein from Ashland.
Oregon State Police report Greenstein was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators learned Greenstein worked over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers and was en route home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.
OSP is asking any witnesses who have not spoken to investigators to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111.
[PREVIOUS] MEDFORD, ORE. – Oregon State Police believes that alcohol was involved in the early morning crash along I-5.
The fatal crash on I-5 southbound occurred Thursday morning at 3 a.m. A male driver was heading in the wrong direction and hit a female motorist head-on at mile marker 24. The female was killed and the male was sent to the hospital with serious injuries.
The fatal crash on I-5 Southbound has closed sections of the interstate. Both southbound lanes are blocked off between exits 27 and 21. Officials are not allowing those heading northbound onto the interstate as well. All traffic is being diverted to Highway 99.
Oregon State police are beginning the investigation into the crash that occurred about five miles south of Medford.