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Two people killed in head-on crash on Highway 62 north of Eagle Point

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EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Oregon State Police says that a two-vehicle crash along Highway 62 north of Eagle Point on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of two people.

Troopers and emergency crews responded to reports of the crash just before 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday. According to the initial OSP investigation, 35-year-old Whitney Smith of Medford had been driving a Chevy Cruise eastbound on Highway 62 when she moved into the oncoming lane in order to pass another driver who had been preparing to make a left turn on Hammel Road.

When Smith went to pass, OSP said, she collided head-on with 35-year-old Elyse Hines of Eagle Point in a Subaru Legacy heading the opposite direction.

Hines received fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.

OSP said that Highway 62 was closed for about 3.5 hours during the response and investigation. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.