Accident victim remains in serious condition at RVMC

An Ashland man whose truck plunged over an embankment Wednesday night along Dead Indian Memorial Road wasn't critically injured, but was cited on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said.

Jeffrey Rodgers, 39, of the 600 block of Long Way, remained hospitalized at Rogue Valley Medical Center Thursday in serious condition.

He was driving his 1993 Chevrolet pickup on Dead Indian Memorial Road near a spot known as Windy Point when the truck left the road and was sent rolling down a steep slope. Rodgers was ejected.

Residents in the area called 9-1-1 and emergency teams from Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and Ashland Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene at about 7:30 p.m. They rappelled down about 300 feet down the slope to stabilize Rodgers, then lowered him another 200 feet to a gravel road when a helicopter could land and airlift him to the hospital.

Rodgers had diminished lung capacity and reported no feeling below the waist, rescue crews said Wednesday night. However CT scans and other tests at the hospital found no serious damage beyond bumps and bruises, a police report said. A blood-alcohol test at the hospital indicated Rodgers had been drinking and a deputy cited and released him on a DUII charge.

Crews from Dick's Towing were still working to retrieve Rodger's pickup Thursday afternoon and reported that righting the truck and hauling it up more than 300 feet would be difficult.

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