Sheriff: Speed, alcohol suspected in Wilderville crash; two seriously injured

Two men were hospitalized with serious injuries after crashing into a power pole in Josephine County on Monday evening.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 4:44 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2019 4:45 PM

WILDERVILLE, Ore. — Investigators with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) suspect that high speeds and alcohol contributed to a single-vehicle crash that left two men with serious injuries on Monday evening.

Deputies and emergency crews responded following a 911 call reporting a crash in the 100-block of Cheney Creek Road near Fire Canyon in the Wilderville area of Josephine County just before 6 p.m. Upon arrival, they found a white SUV laying on its side, blocking the roadway.

Investigators came to believe that 27-year-old James Evans Jr. and 29-year-old Chad Hancock left the roadway in the SUV and struck a power pole. One of the men was "completely ejected" from the vehicle, and the other was "partially ejected," but freed himself from the wreck before EMS crews arrived.

Both men were brought to a Medford-area hospital for treatment of serious injuries — one of them requiring a lift by a Mercy Flights helicopter.

"Speed and alcohol are suspected factors in the crash," JCSO said simply.

The crash remains under investigation, and JCSO has asked that anyone who witnessed the crash call the Sheriff's Office at 541-474-5123.

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