UPDATE: Police Identify Victims in Fatal Crash on Highway 199

One man is dead and another in the hospital with serious injuries after a crash that shut down multiple lanes near Grants Pass.

Posted: May 31, 2018 9:34 AM
Updated: May 31, 2018 4:24 PM

UPDATE: Oregon State Police (OSP) have released their official statement on the crash on U.S. 199 Thursday morning.

The crash was reported to OSP just after 8:45 a.m. When troopers arrived at the scene, they found a head-on crash between two pickup trucks.

Investigators believe that a 46-year-old Francis Coulter of Cave Junction was driving northbound along U.S. 199 in his silver 2004 Ford F-150 pickup. For 'unknown reasons,' Coulter veered into the oncoming lanes—hitting a Pacific Power utility truck head-on.

The Pacific Power truck was driven by 43-year-old Jeffery Kramer of Grants Pass. Kramer was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center with serious injuries, according to OSP. Coulter, however, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Updated as of 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 31)

Sergeant Jeff Proulx with OSP reports that the driver of a pickup truck heading northbound on U.S. 199 is believed to have suffered from some sort of medical condition.

For reasons that may or may not be related to his condition, the driver veered into the southbound lanes and hit another truck head-on. The driver with the medical condition was pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no word yet on the other driver's condition, but there is not yet any indication that they were seriously hurt.

(Updated as of 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, May 31)

A NewsWatch 12 reporter on the scene of the crash says that OSP troopers have left and ODOT crews are opening lanes back up for traffic to resume unabated.

The vehicles involved in the crash have been cleared, but there is still no word on who was killed in the crash or what may have caused it.

ODOT has confirmed that all lanes are now open.

(Updated as of 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 31)

UPDATE: Oregon State Police (OSP) has confirmed that this is a fatal crash. Authorities have not yet released any additional information regarding the crash or traffic.

(Updated as of 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A crash on Southbound U.S. 199 at Redwood Avenue has blocked the southbound lanes. At this time only one one northbound lane is open.

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) says that travelers should avoid the area if possible, and expect delays—anywhere between 20 minutes and two hours.

This is a developing story and we will be updating with more details as they emerge.

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