Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two-vehicle head-on crash on Redwood Hwy. (U.S. 199) north of Selma Friday afternoon that resulted in the death of one man and injuries to three other people. (UPDATED: Name released)
According to OSP Sergeant Tanya Henderson, on Friday, Aug. 12 at approximately 2:22 p.m. a 1998 Dodge Stratus drivendriven by James Carr Neil, 55, from Cave Junction, was southbound on Redwood Hwy. near milepost 17 when the vehicle crossed the centerline and crashed head-on with a northbound 2007 Dodge van driven by Cave Junction resident Gordon Killam, 73. The vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane.
Neil was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Killam and rear passenger Hans Anderson, 45, from Selma, were transported by American Medical Response to Three Rivers Community Hospital with possible serious injuries. Right front passenger Fiacre “Ray” Veracruz, 55, from Cave Junction, was flown by Mercy Flights to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.
All occupants were using safety restraints and both vehicles’ airbags deployed.
The crash caused major traffic delays on Redwood Hwy. with both northbound and southbound lanes of traffic backed up for 3 – 4 miles. The roadway was open to one lane after about 30 minutes and the entire roadway was opened at 4:05 p.m.
OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are still attempting to locate the next of kin for the deceased driver and continuing the investigation.
Illinois Valley Fire Department, American Medical Response, Mercy Flights, ODOT and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.