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UPDATE: Names released in fatal crash Tuesday on Harvard Avenue

A 53-year-old Grants Pass woman died in a three-vehicle car accident that also injured two in front of Roseburg High School around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Laura Beth Cortez was killed in the accident that closed Harvard Avenue in Roseburg between the Oak Avenue bridge and the school while police investigated the collision.

Matthew Cortez, 24, and G. Reinhold Prince, 23, both of Cave Junction, were seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, according to Oregon State Police.

Cortez and Prince were in fair condition Wednesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

According to OSP Lt. Doug Ladd, a Honda sport utility vehicle driven by Gail Weaver, 56, of Myrtle Creek, was exiting Interstate 5 when she hit a curb on the west side of the offramp and drove through brush.

The Honda struck a Subaru passenger car driving eastbound on Harvard Avenue, causing the Subaru to spin and roll once before it came to rest on its wheels, he said.

The Honda continued across the intersection and hit a Nissan sport utility vehicle driven by a 40-year-old Eagle Point man. It came to rest on its wheels at the high school parking lot’s entrance, Ladd said.

The woman who died was seated in the back seat of the Subaru, Ladd said.

The Honda’s driver was also taken to Mercy for treatment of minor injuries. She was treated and released, a spokeswoman said.

There was no evidence of alcohol as a contributing factor and she is cooperating with the investigation, Ladd said.

The Nissan’s driver and 39-year old female passenger were not injured.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

A Roseburg police officer on scene said Harvard was expected to remain closed until early Wednesday morning. The northbound Interstate-5 Exit 124 was also initially closed.

No Roseburg High School students were injured in the accident.

Oregon State Police are reconstructing the accident.

Look for a full story in Wednesday’s News-Review.

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The original version of the story appears below.

A fatal crash has closed Harvard Avenue in Roseburg between the Oak Avenue bridge and Roseburg High School while police investigate a three-vehicle collision.

Harvard is expected to remain closed until early Wednesday morning. The northbound Interstate-5 Exit 124 is also closed.

At about 4:30 p.m., a woman driving a Honda CRV suffered a medical problem as she was exiting northbound Interstate 5 at Exit 124, according to Roseburg Police Officer Keith Young.

Young said the Honda drifted off the offramp and went airborne. The car landed on top of a Subaru Legacy that was traveling eastbound on Harvard Avenue. A passenger in the Subaru Legacy was killed.

The driver and another passenger in the Subaru were taken to the hospital, Young said.

The Honda CRV also hit the front hood of a Nissan Pathfinder in the intersection. The driver and a passenger in the Nissan were not injured.

The Honda finally came to a stop when it hit a pickup that had been waiting at the stoplight at the exit to Roseburg High School. No one in the pickup was injured.

Young said no Roseburg High School students were injured in accident.

The woman driving the Honda was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Oregon State Police are reconstructing the accident. The names of the deceased and injured have not yet been released.

Go to Tripcheck.com for road updates. More information will appear here as it released. Look for a full story in Wednesday’s News-Review.

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The original version of the story appears below.

A fatal crash closed Harvard Avenue in Roseburg between the Oak Avenue bridge and Roseburg High School Tuesday evening while police investigate a vehicle accident.

Oregon State Police are reporting that one person died after being taken to the hospital.

A white two-door sedan with a smashed windshield and crushed roof was blocking the intersection at Harvard Avenue and the east entrance of the high school.

Three vehicles were involved in the accident. A sport utility vehicle was on its top just inside the school parking lot and a third vehicle was also in the intersection.

Go to Tripcheck.com for road updates. The I-5 offramp may be closed for several hours.

(Check back as we continue to update this story.)


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