Driver dies after crashing into tree and power pole north of Grants Pass

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office identified the driver as 49-year old Rodney Paul Jones of Grants Pass.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 9:28 AM
Updated: Aug 2, 2021 10:01 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff's Office reports that a man is dead after a single-vehicle crash between Grants Pass and Merlin on Sunday evening.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office responded at 7:10 p.m. to calls for a single-vehicle crash in the 1100 block of Plumtree Lane. Staff from Rural Metro Fire and American Medial Response also responded to the scene.

Arriving in the area, deputies found a "heavily damaged vehicle" that had crashed into a tree and power pole. The only occupant of the vehicle was the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was identified as 49-year old Rodney Paul Jones of Grants Pass. The Sheriff's Office says that his next of kin has been notified.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


CORRECTION: The Sheriff's Office previously misidentified the driver as 26-year-old Hayden Jones. This story has been corrected to reflect the updated information.

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