I5 Viaduct Crash Injures Two Children, Snarls Traffic

At 6:00p today, ECSO 911 dispatched Medford Fire, Mercy Flights, and Medford Police units to the southbound Interstate 5 viaduct for a reported multi-vehicle crash.

The crash was between a blue minivan and silver sedan, both sustaining significant damage. The blue minivan was wedged against the wall that protects vehicles from going over the edge of the elevated freeway structure. The silver sedan was able to make it off the viaduct and over to the freeway shoulder.

Area of the crash

Medford Fire units arrived on scene shorty after and called for a second ambulance to assist. Two MPD units where assisting with traffic control as the southbound I5 B-Lane (slow lane) was completely blocked at the site. ODOT and OSP were both delayed to the scene.

At least two children were injured in this vehicle from the crash

Dispatch stated that the two children in the minivan had noticeable marks on their heads, presumably from the crash. Medford Fire tended to the children while awaiting Mercy Flights units which had trouble accessing the scene due to traffic congestion.

Exclusive Medford Alert footage of the incident

At one point, southbound I5 traffic backed up to the North Medford Interchange (Exit 30). ODOT and OSP arrived on scene approximately 30 minutes after the crash to take over for Medford Police.

Two incoming tow units were also delayed, so a Medford Fire unit dragged the disabled minivan off the viaduct and onto the shoulder of the freeway. All lanes reopened around 6:40p.

Looking south of the Viaduct on SBI5. Courtesy of ODOT

The two children were taken to a nearby medical center for treatment, their conditions are unknown at this time, as is the cause of the crash. The roadway was very wet as it was raining during the incident. All units cleared shortly after 7:10p this evening.

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