Crash injures one, closes Upper Applegate Road for hours Tuesday evening

Pictured is the Jackson County Roads Department dump truck, which had turned over on its side after a head-on collision with another car. (Courtesy Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

A Tuesday evening crash near Ruch sent one man to the hospital. Upper Applegate Road was closed for a few hours while deputies investigated the crash and crews worked to clear the wreckage, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Just after 5 p.m. yesterday, dispatch received a 911 call reporting that two cars had collided between mile markers 4 and 5 on Upper Applegate Road. The caller reported that someone was injured and trapped inside the car.

JCSO deputies and personnel from Jacksonville Police, Applegate Fire, and Mercy Flights responded to the scene. Deputies say a Chevrolet Impala sedan going southbound, driven by Thomas Dew, Jr., 32, of Jacksonville, crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a Jackson County Roads Department dump truck.

The crash caused severe damage to the Impala, according to the JCSO. It rolled over and caught fire. Bystanders helped to put out the fire, with assistance from Oregon Department of Forestry personnel, who arrived a short time later. The dump truck had overturned in the roadway, blocking both lanes.

Dew was extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. He was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center by Mercy Flights helicopter with serious injuries. The passenger in Dew’s car, as well as the driver of the dump truck, reported minor injuries from the crash.

Deputies say excessive speed was a factor in the crash. Dew has been cited for careless driving, driving while suspended, and driving uninsured.

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