MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department says that investigators are working to reconstruct a crash on Thursday afternoon that claimed the life of one driver on E McAndrews Road.
Police and paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of E McAndrews and Bonita Avenue just before 2 p.m. MPD said that two off-duty nurses were first on the scene and began live-saving efforts on a driver who was ejected from his pickup, suffering "severe injuries."
When paramedics arrived, they took over treatment on the driver. He was taken to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.
MPD's investigation found that the driver of a 1955 Chevrolet pickup was heading westbound on McAndrews Road when he crossed into the eastbound lanes "for reasons unknown." The pickup clipped a 2020 Nissan Altima in the eastbound lanes before colliding head-on with a 2007 Honda CRV. The as-yet unidentified pickup driver was thrown from his vehicle in the crash.
According to police, a 31-year-old man in the Nissan was uninjured. The 79-year-old driver of the Honda suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, and she was taken to the hospital.
The Serious Accident Reconstruction Team (STAR) and a member of the Jackson County District Attorney's Office responded to take over the investigation.
Medford Police said that the name of the deceased driver will not be released until his next of kin has been notified.