DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — The Douglas County Rural Fire District and Oregon State Police responded to a fatal crash Friday that caused traffic to back of for miles on I-5.
Emergency responders say around 5:30 p.m. Carole Canfield, 76, of Roseburg, was traveling southbound on I-5 near milepost 120 when she began to drive toward the off-ramp, but made a quick decision to come back onto the highway and hit the median.
“Basically that fishtailed her around and into the path and into the path of a Tundra pickup that actually t-boned them into the passenger side,” said Chief Greg Marlar, Douglas County Rural Fire District 2.
The truck then struck the passenger side of Canfield’s car where passenger Bill Canfield, 88, of Roseburg, was sitting. Bill Canfield was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where he later died.
Chief Marlar says the wreck was so bad they had to cut people out of their cars. Traffic was backed up for miles, which lead to another crash because drivers couldn’t slow down fast enough.
“About an hour later, 45 minutes later we had a collision where a car got side swept by a semi and it actually pinned the driver in that car,” Marlar said.
Both drivers in that crash didn’t sustain as serious injuries.
The fire chief warns others to be careful, because this stretch of highway is prone to accidents.
“We do get a larger amount of motor vehicle accidents and they do tend to be a little more serious at times because of the high rate of speed that’s involved,” Marlar said.