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A car crash this morning caused the car and tree to catch on fire, killing the driver.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 5:54 PM
Updated: Jan. 30, 2018 10:37 AM

Central Point, OR. -- UPDATE: The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office released the name of the man killed in a crash Monday.
Based on evidence from the crash investigation and information obtained from family, deputies believe Eric William Joyner, 55, was driving northbound when he intentionally veered off the roadway and into a tree, which then caught fire.

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The crash happened in the 6700 block of North Foothill Road.

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The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says a driver is dead after crashing into a tree on North Foothill Road this morning around 8 a.m. Sheriff's say the crash caused the car and tree to catch on fire. 

"The severity of it was pretty breathtaking, it really took me back," says John Webb, the homeowner of the driveway where the crash happened. 

Webb says the flames prevented him from being able to help. 

"Well I wish there was something that I could have done. When I walked out the door and looked over at the fire, you know it was something that I was not able to get too close too. You know I feel really, really sad for what's happened," says Webb. 

One neighbor said the fire was so bad she couldn't see anything else. 

"I didn't realize there was a car there because the fire was just so bad it was engulfed in flames. Once they got the fire out I realized there was a car," says Dessie Andress, a neighbor. 

Webb and another neighbor told NewsWatch12 there have been five car crashes between their houses. Webb says North Foothill Road is notorious for car crashes. He says it's not because people are driving too fast. 

"We have several issues here. One of them is with drivers going way way too slow. So people are taking a lot of chances to go around them and so on and so forth. I think that would be the primary cause of what I see here," says Webb. 

Andress told NewsWatch12 drivers on Foothill Road are impatient with people going the speed limit. 

"People are in a hurry to get somewhere and they'll pass you whether it's safe or not," says Andress. 

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has not released the name of the driver, nor the cause of the crash. 

The crash happened between Corey Road and East Vilas Road. The road was closed for three hours. 

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