Grants Pass man dies in I-5 crash

A man died after a Monday night vehicle crash on Interstate 5 between Grants Pass and Rogue River.

Garette Wilson, 30, died shortly after arriving at an area hospital, according to an Oregon State Police news release.

The crash happened at about 11:45 p.m., in the southbound lanes near milepost 52 when the 2007 Ford pickup driven by Wilson drifted off the freeway for an unknown reason. The vehicle traveled into the grassy median and rolled several times, ejecting Wilson onto the shoulder of the freeway.

The vehicle came to rest back on I-5, where the driver of a 1995 Nissan sedan, also traveling south, hit Wilson's pickup. The Nissan's driver, Alexis Williams, 35, of Ashland, was not hurt.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Southbound I-5 was closed for more than 90 minutes while police and fire responded.

It was the second fatal crash in southwest Oregon Monday night. About four hours earlier, a 67-year-old Klamath Falls man died on Highway 140 about a half mile from the Klamath County line when he drove into the back of a van that had pulled off the highway to help the occupants of a disabled vehicle.

Capt. Bill Fugate of OSP said it's the time of year when ice can take drivers by surprise, and he urged motorists to exercise caution when traveling.

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