Two Roseburg residents suffered serious injuries as a result of a head-on crash in the 4500 block of Old Melrose Road west of Roseburg Wednesday afternoon.

Steven Roerish, 54, and Wyatt Olinghouse, 16, were both transported to CHI Mercy Medical Center due to their injuries, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Olinghouse was later airlifted to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield. Roerish was reportedly transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition Thursday morning. Olinghouse's condition was not available.

At approximately 2 p.m., Olinghouse was reportedly traveling westbound on Old Melrose Road when he failed to negotiate a corner, causing his 2009 Toyota Corolla to cross into the oncoming lane and collide with Roerish’s Chevy Suburban, the sheriff’s report said.

Olinghouse had to be extricated from his vehicle.

Old Melrose Road between West Harvard Avenue and Melrose Road west of Roseburg was closed in both directions as investigators reconstructed the crash.

Roughly 20 minutes earlier, 911 dispatch received a report of another single-vehicle crash in the 4700 block of Lookingglass Road which resulted in a Roseburg man ultimately being transported to Riverbend.

Gregory Rothrock, 18, was reportedly traveling toward Lookingglass when he lost control of his 2007 Ford Focus and rolled off the south edge of the roadway. A witness told the sheriff’s office that Rothrock had been ejected from the car as it rolled, the accident report said.

Rothrock was reportedly conscious and was initially transported to Mercy before being moved to Riverbend, where he was reportedly in fair condition Thursday morning.

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Reduce the speed. People drive way too fast on this road!


It is, unfortunately, very common to drive this road and go around a bend int he road or a curve- only to find someone driving in the opposite direction, either 1/2 or all in your lane. Speed limit should be reduced on this road- it’s not a freeway.


I agree. That road has scared me since I was a little girl. I don’t know the cause of this tragedy but people travel well over 65


Many roads in DC are like that. On my road there is one particularly sharp curve- almost a 90 degree turn. I almost come to a full stop when I approach it. Why? I figure if I end up in a head on crash that the damage will be less than if I hit the curve at full speed.

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