Driver Dead After Early Morning Rollover Crash Near Central Point

State troopers believe that the driver was going at a 'high rate of speed' before veering onto the shoulder, causing the truck to flip.

Posted: May 30, 2018 11:00 AM
Updated: May 30, 2018 11:36 AM

Central Point, Ore. — A crash north of Central Point early Wednesday morning cost the life of one driver, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).

Dispatch received a call about the crash just before 2 a.m. Troopers responded to the area near Exit 35 on Interstate-5 northbound, where they found the crash site.

According to OSP, preliminary investigation found that the driver of a white 1992 Ford Ranger pickup was traveling northbound on I-5 at a 'high rate of speed,' before they veered onto the right shoulder along the Exit 35 off-ramp. The pickup skidded on the gravel shoulder there before rolling.

Troopers pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The driver's identity will not be released until their next of kind has been notified.

The Exit 35 northbound off-ramp was closed for about three hours as troopers investigated the crash and crews cleared the wreckage.

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