I-5 fire

Grace Harker took this photo from her position about eight cars back of a multi-car fire near milepost 153 on Interstate 5 southbound. The Harkers were returning to Roseburg on Saturday night when they came upon the collision that reportedly caused four fatalities.

Updated 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

A fiery crash involving two vehicles in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 153 has resulted in four fatalities, according to scanner reports Saturday night.

Oregon State Police and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office medical examiner have identified the four people killed in the crash and released their names Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the Acura Integra involved in the crash was Gayle Ward, 65, of Vancouver, Washington, the driver of the Nissan Murano was Jennifer Montano, 18, of White City, and the passengers of the Nissan were Luciana Tellez-Cabezas and Esmeralda Nava, both 18 and from White City. 

The crash, which was reported shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, happened near milepost 153 about 19 miles north of Sutherlin. Witnesses waiting in traffic a few miles north of the Elkton/Drain turnoff reported hearing at least two explosions and seeing heavy flames and smoke.

Two people were receiving CPR on scene and a REACH Air Ambulance helicopter had been activated. CPR efforts and REACH were suspended a few minutes later.

Ron and Coreen Harker were on their way home to Roseburg on I-5 with their daughter Grace when the crash occurred about eight cars ahead of them.

As of 10:20 p.m., Coreen Harker said they were told to expect to remain in the same place for some time.

“We were told they are not going to let us through for quite awhile,” Harker said.

According to the TripCheck website, a detour was put in place for southbound motorists. ODOT warned the closure will likely last several hours because of the crash investigation. Southbound motorists were advised to use alternate routes. All northbound lanes were open.

Check back for more updates on this developing story

Mike Henneke is the news editor for The News-Review. He can be reached at 541-957-4208 or by email at mhenneke@nrtoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @ihenpecked.

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Statistically speaking, intoxication, and being a male driver contributes greatly to wrong way driving.


I have no idea where milepost 153 is. Is this the accident that happened near Yoncalla? if so, tv news reported that it was caused by a wrong way driver.


yes it was, it was stated in this report as well :(


Wasn't in the small original story.

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