QUADRUPLE FATAL CRASH INTERSTATE 5 NEAR RICE HILL — DOUGLAS COUNTY
Update: The Oregon State Police (OSP) with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Medical Examiner have tentatively identified the occupants of the quadruple fatal crash that occurred on May 19, 2018 on Interstate 5 near Rice Hill.
The operator of the Acura Integra is Gayle WARD, age 65, from Vancouver, Washington.
The operator of the Nissan Murano is Jennifer MONTANO, age 18, from White City, Oregon.
The passengers of the Nissan Murano are Luciana TELLEZ-CABEZAS, age 18, and Esmeralda NAVA, age 18, both from White City, Oregon.
Original Press Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night’s quadruple fatal crash on Interstate 5 north of the Rice Hill area.
On May 19, 2018 at 9:33 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 154.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a red Acura Integra was southbound on Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons turned around and went northbound in the southbound lanes. The Acura Integra continued northbound in the southbound lanes and collided nearly head-on with a southbound Nissan Murano. Both vehicles became engulfed in fire after the collision. Bystanders were able to remove two passengers from the Nissan Murano. Drivers of both vehicles were not able to be safely removed and died from injuries sustained in the crash. The two passengers that were removed from the Nissan Murano also both died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Names of all involved are not being released pending positive identifications and next of kin notifications being completed.
Investigators are looking for any witnesses that may have seen the red Acura Integra on Interstate 5 southbound prior to the crash. Those witnesses can call the Oregon State Police at 541-440-3333 and reference case number SP18-181178.
Interstate 5 southbound was closed for over five (5) hours. Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) set up a detour.
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, North Douglas Fire, South Lane Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance, Sutherlin Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Roseburg Towing. OSP was also assisted with the investigation by Clark County, Washington Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office.
by Klamath Alerts via OSP press release