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Rural Metro Fire Responds To Three Crashes Friday Afternoon

Rural Metro Fire responded to a string of crashes throughout Josephine County Friday afternoon.

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 11:21 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2018 11:26 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore.--Rural Metro Fire responded to back to back crashes, the first one on Riverbanks Road near Robertson Bridge.

OSP Sgt. Michael Benson says, "The vehicle behind me was attempting to pass a dump truck and his driver's side tires entered the ditch in the opposing lane of traffic and he over corrected into the ditch and ultimately into the tree."

The fatal crash happened shortly before 3 pm.

The speed limit on Highway 260 is 55mph but Oregon State Police say often people travel way above that speed, making it a troublesome area, especially as people have a tendency to try and pass other cars.

OSP Sgt. Michael Benson says, "Take your time, it is not worth getting some place a couple minutes earlier when this is the result."

Officers recreated the crash to break down what happened.

OSP Sgt. Michael Benson says, “Anytime there is a fatal crash we do a reconstruction using ODOT's GPS machine for a more detailed map of what occurred for the police report."

Minutes after this crash, another crash-- on Homewood Rd. near West Woodside St. where Rural Metro Fire says a jeep collided with a sedan-- everyone walking away from that one.
At 5 pm another call for service-- this truck crashing into a fence on upper River Rd. sending one person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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