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Police: Street racing suspected in downtown Medford crash

A crash that sent multiple people to the hospital may have been the result of a street race through Medford.

Posted: Jul 15, 2019 10:49 AM
Updated: Jul 15, 2019 6:40 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Investigators suspect that the drivers of several cars were street racing through Medford before a multi-injury crash on Sunday night, according to the Medford Police Department (MPD).

Shortly before 9 p.m., officers from MPD responded to S Central Avenue at Boyd Street following reports of a single-vehicle crash into a utility pole.

"The initial investigation revealed that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle. At this time it is believed that this event was associated with a race between multiple vehicles," the agency said.

Speeding down the street, the driver swerved off the road and "struck a brick wall" at Central and Boyd.

MPD said that there were two people in the car at the time, and both were seriously injured in the crash. Both were brought to the hospital and remain in critical condition.

The Serious/Fatal Traffic Accidents Reconstruction (S.T.A.R.) team and a Medford detective also responded to the scene. MPD said that the case is still under investigation.

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