Hwy. 140 accident critically injures two, including Eagle Point man

Four people were injured, two critically and one seriously, Saturday, May 22,  in a two vehicle collision on Highway 140 near the Kershaw Road intersection about two miles east of Medford.  Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.

At about 3:15 p.m. a 2005 Dodge pickup operated by Benjamin Panter, age 30, from Bandon, was eastbound on Highway 140 near milepost 2 approaching the Kershaw Road intersection.  A 1999 Pontiac passenger car operated by Leslie Ryder, age 20, from Astoria, was southbound on Kershaw Road approaching the Highway 140 intersection.  After stopping, Ryder proceeded southbound through the intersection and into the path of Panter’s pickup causing the two vehicles to collide.

Ryder was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center.
Panter received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Providence Hospital.

The Pontiac’s right front passenger, Cody Porter, age 18, from Astoria, and left rear passenger, Christopher Bowling, age 20, from Eagle Point, both were critically injured.  They were also transported by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center.

All occupants in both vehicles were wearing safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of an OSP crash reconstructionist.  No citations have been issued as the investigation is continuing.  Speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the crash.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, Mercy Flights, and Oregon Department of Transportation.  There was no road blockage.


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