Rollover injures Central Point woman

A Central Point woman had to be extricated from her mangled Jeep after a rollover accident that slowed traffic on Interstate 5 near Rogue River Monday morning.

Tonetta Kenyon, 44, was transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center where she remained Monday afternoon in fair condition after losing control of her red 2003 Jeep Liberty around 8 a.m. near milepost 48.

The wreck closed one lane of northbound traffic and drivers were told to expect 20-minute delays in the morning commute.

Kenyon said she was distracted for unknown reasons and lost control when her SUV drifted off the busy freeway. Attempts to correct caused her to flip the Jeep multiple times across northbound lanes, said Oregon State Trooper Heather West.

"She estimated it was probably three times," said West.

Kenyon was in pain, but awake and alert at the scene after being extricated from her vehicle by rescuers using the Jaws of Life extrication tool, said West.

"She was in pretty good shape considering the shape of her vehicle," said West.

Kenyon attempted to repair her driving error by braking and steering simultaneously, she said. The combination sent her vehicle rolling across lanes of traffic.

"Braking and steering are not a good combination," West said.

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