UPDATE: Driver Identified in Fatal I-5 Crash South of Medford

A fatal single-vehicle crash that slowed I-5 southbound traffic to a standstill on Tuesday remains mysterious even after investigators worked to reconstruct the incident.

Posted: Oct. 24, 2018 10:55 AM
Updated: Oct. 24, 2018 6:42 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — 

UPDATE: According to Oregon State Police (OSP), the driver and only fatality in Tuesday's crash was 32-year-old Ryan Hitt of Ashland

The update from OSP did not include any additional information on the investigation or what factors may have contributed to the crash.

(Updated 10/24/18 at 5:50 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: A fatal single-vehicle crash that slowed I-5 southbound traffic to a standstill on Tuesday remains mysterious even after investigators worked to reconstruct the incident.

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. near milepost 25 on the freeway. Investigators believe that the driver of a white 1985 Toyota pickup was traveling south when he suddenly veered off the roadway — skidding onto the shoulder before rolling and coming to rest in a thicket of blackberry bushes alongside the freeway.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP), the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

I-5 southbound experienced congestion for roughly an hour after OSP closed down the slow lane in order to conduct a reconstruction of the crash.

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