Multi-Car Accident Killed One in Jackson County, OR
January 5, 2024

Jackson County, Oregon (OR) – On January 3, 2024, at around 5:27 p.m., OSP assisted a multi-car incident on northbound Interstate 5, close to milepost 35 in Jackson County, OR.

According to early findings, Helen Marie Cain, 64-year-old of Central Point, drove her Chevrolet Suburban into the center wire barrier for unexplained reasons. Multiple following collisions occurred inside the same site as a result of the original incident. A total of nine automobiles were damaged at the incident site. Douglas James Flood, 81-year-old of Gold Hill, the driver of a Toyota Tercel, was declared dead after being transported to a nearby hospital. Flood was not wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred.

Cain, the driver of the Chevrolet Suburban, and Courtney Marie Clark (38) of Grants Pass, the operator of a Ford Focus involved in the incident, were both sent to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Six other vehicles were damaged in the incident, but no casualties were reported:

Mercedes Van operated by Darren Mitchell Brown, 36-year-old, of Lebanon.
The Honda CR-V is operated by Brandi Lynn Teske Williams, 56-year-old, of Grants Pass. Ford F-150 operated by Leo Jackson, 71-year-old, of Central Point. Honda Civic operated by Frances Hammond, 76-year-old, of Eugene.
The Honda CR-V is operated by Erich Martin Buer, 53-year-old, of Grants Pass. Ford Mustang operated by Kody Aaron Cox, 47-year-old, of Grants Pass.

Due to the incident, the roadway was closed and traffic was diverted for roughly five hours. Jackson County Fire Department, Mercy Flights, Central Point Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, and the Oregon Department of Transportation also aided OSP.

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