A three-vehicle crash caused unknown injuries and temporarily delayed eastbound traffic on Northwest Garden Valley Boulevard just before noon Thursday in Roseburg.
The crash closed the right lane on the eastbound side of Garden Valley for about 30 minutes and quickly backed up traffic across the freeway overpass — right before the day’s lunchtime rush hour.
Officers from the Roseburg Police Department said all three vehicles were traveling eastbound on Garden Valley at about 11:18 a.m. near Northwest Mulholland Drive, when a 2001 silver 4-door Lexus, driven by Leslie Derwood Smith, 70, crashed into the back of a white 2009 Toyota Highlander, driven by Sheri Michelle Korntved, 52, that was stopped at a red light. The impact pushed the Highlander into a white 2002 Volkswagen Bug, driven by Regina Leon Clark, 57, that had also been stopped for the light.
Police said Smith appeared to have been suffering from a medical incident, which caused him to crash. After police say he hit the Highlander, his vehicle careened off the street and into a tree planted near the freeway’s northbound onramp.
Smith was transported to CHI Mercy Medical Center and later transferred to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. Korntved was also taken to Mercy, but she was treated and released. Clark drove herself to the hospital for evaluation.
Both the Lexus and the Highlander were towed from the scene.
Roseburg Police Officer George Sheppard said crews worked quickly to clear the accident and make sure anyone who needed medical attention was taken care of immediately.
“The longer we sit out here and block traffic, the more potential there is for a secondary accident,” he said.