Wrong-way driver causes I-5 wreck, state police say

A Medford-area man driving down Interstate 5 in the wrong direction near Central Point early Tuesday caused a wreck that closed the freeway for nearly an hour and injured a girl from California, Oregon State Police reported.

Troopers cited Michael L. Smith, 56, on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and third-degree assault.

At about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, Smith drove his 2008 Toyota Solara south in the northbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 33 and crashed nearly head-on with a northbound vehicle driven by Angela Shavlovsky, 50, of Sacramento, Calif., police said.

She was not injured, but passenger Sofia Shavlovsky, 17, also of Sacramento, was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. She was listed in good condition Tuesday afternoon, hospital officials reported.

Smith refused medical treatment at the scene, but later went to Rogue Valley Medical Center for an examination, police said. A trooper cited him at the hospital, where he was treated and released.

The Oregon Department of Transportation handled traffic control for the hour northbound lanes were closed. OSP troopers are investigating. Central Point police and Jackson County Fire District No. 3 assisted at the scene.

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