GRANTS PASS, Ore-- According to Rural Metro Fire on Monday, wet pavement was a factor in several crashes across RMF's response area, including two rollovers.
Thankfully, first responders say all of the crashes so far have been minor or non-injury .
One of those crashes was reported on Redwood Hwy at Hayes Hill brought in a large response from Rural Metro, AMR, Illinois Valley Fire and ODF, after the vehicle rolled over, caught fire, and spread into nearby brush.
Fire crews on the scene say that the driver was able to self-extricate and denied any injury. The road was blocked for a while and caused traffic to back up.
Soon after, RMF reported that another crash occurred in the 7900 block of Williams Hwy. Rural Metro Fire, AMR and Applegate Fire arrived to find a car that had rolled off the road and into a power pole. The driver self-extricated and denied injury but the damages caused a power outage throughout the Murphy area.
Because of the multitude of crashes across the entire Rogue Valley on Monday with the recent rain, first responders want to remind motorist that driving habits must change with the weather.
Officials say make sure not use cruise control, adjust speeds for the conditions, watch for water pooling on the road that may contribute to hydroplaning, increase following distances in case of abrupt stops, and slow down when entering corners.