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Rollover crash along Highway 99 in Medford causes major delays

A vehicle disabled the traffic signal at Hwy 99 and Garfield Street, resulting in backups in all directions.

Posted: Dec 18, 2019 4:51 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2019 12:14 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A rollover crash near the intersection of S Pacific Highway (OR 99) and Garfield Street in Medford on Wednesday afternoon caused major backups in all directions due to a disabled traffic signal.

Medford Police first posted on Facebook about the crash around 4 p.m., advising drivers to avoid the intersection. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) soon jumped in, saying that drivers were backed up from the intersection all the way to Exit 27 on I-5 along Garfield.

"Congestion includes I-5 in the south Medford interchange area, north to Exit 30. Consider alternate routes," the agency said.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the intersection of Garfield and Hwy 99 through the evening while traffic crews work to repair the control box for the damaged traffic signal.

Following the crash, one person was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, MPD later said. The passenger in the rolled vehicle was not injured, and neither were the occupants of the other vehicle involved.

The agency asked for information from anyone who may have seen the injured driver prior to the crash.

"Anyone who may have witnessed this, or the driving of this maroon 1993 Buick Skylark prior to the crash, please let us know," MPD said.

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