Fatal Car Accident Killed Two in Douglas County, OR
February 1, 2024

Douglas County, Oregon (OR) – On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Oregon State Police responded to a fatal car accident collision on HWY 42 in Douglas County, OR.

According to the investigation, at around 1:22 p.m., a Freightliner tanker truck was entering the center turn lane to merge onto HWY 42 and drive eastbound. Bronwyn Gnagy, a 19-year-old from Winston, was driving a Jeep Liberty eastbound when it unexpectedly came to a stop in the left lane as the tanker entered the center turn lane. A bunked Mack log truck driven by Christopher P. Morgan, a 28-year-old from Roseburg, was following the Jeep Liberty. The log truck driver braked but was unable to stop in time, striking the Jeep Liberty from behind. The Jeep Liberty experienced significant rear-end damage.

Tabitha M. Romans, a 31-year-old from Cottage Grove, and Brandon Gobershock, a 20-year-old from Winston, both passengers in the Jeep Liberty, were pronounced dead on the spot. The driver of the Jeep Liberty (Gnagy) was sent to a local hospital and sustained injuries, while the Mack truck driver (Morgan) was not wounded.

The freeway was closed for about five hours, and OSP received assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Fire District 2, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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