SAMS VALLEY, Ore-- On Saturday, June 26, 2021, at approximately 6:11 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 234 near Tresham Lane.
According to Oregon State Police, a preliminary investigation has that revealed a Chevrolet pickup, operated by John Larson (37) of Medford, was westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with a Ford pickup operated by Ariel Sanchez-Hernandez (22) Gold Hill.
Police say that Larson and Sanchez-Hernandez were transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center, while the passenger in the Chevrolet pickup, Monte Yates (56) Shady Cove, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Hwy 234 was closed with a detour in place for approximately 5 hours.
OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Jackson County Fire, and Mercy Flights.