I-5 crash near Rogue River kills two Phoenix residents

Two Phoenix residents died Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 about one mile south of Rogue River.

According to Sgt. Mark Byrd, at about 3:11 p.m. Sunday, a 2006 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Frank Albert Ringgard, 68, of Phoenix was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 46 in the right lane overtaking a commercial truck. The pickup attempted to change to the left lane and clipped the front of a 2004 Toyota Camry driven by Mona Jean Sullivan, 59, of Bonanza, witnesses said.

As both vehicles lost control, the Ford pickup traveled into the grass center median and rolled several times. Ringgard, who was not using a seat belt, was ejected from the pickup. The passenger, Helen R. Sorena, 81 of Phoenix was not ejected. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Toyota also traveled into the center grass median where it spun out of control before coming to a stop. Sullivan and her passenger and husband, Daniel L. Sullivan, 61, were not injured. They were using their seat belts, according to officials.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation with assistance from the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by ODOT, the Rogue River Fire Department, the Rogue River Police Department and Jackson County Fire District No. 1.

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