MEDFORD, Ore. — Police are investigating a serious crash that left two people hospitalized.
Medford Police officers and other medical personnel responded to a traffic accident on Riverside and Stewart Avenue at about 7:37 p.m. on Monday. Upon arrival, Medford Police say first responders found the drivers of two vehicles with serious injuries.
Both of the drivers, a 29-year-old man and a 73-year-old man, were transported to hospitals to Rogue Regional Medical Center. The 29-year-old was later flown to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and currently is in critical condition. The 73-year-old man remains at RRMC in serious condition.
Medford Police say the 29-year-old was driving a silver 2003 Honda Civic northbound on Riverside Avenue when, for unknown reasons, crossed into the southbound lanes of Riverside Avenue, while going through the intersection of Riverside and Stewart Avenue. A 2011 Subaru Legacy was southbound on Riverside Avenue in the middle lane. As the Honda Civic approached the Subaru head on, the driver of the Subaru was able to swerve and avoid a serious collision.
Medford Police say the Honda Civic glanced off of the Subaru and struck a 2011 Toyota Scion head on, which was travelling southbound on Riverside Avenue. The Scion was driven by the 73-year-old man. A Medford Police Detective and other police officers from the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (S.T.A.R.) Team responded to investigate the crash. Evidence points to the 29-year-old being under the influence of a controlled substance, but the case remains under investigation.