OSP: Alcohol may be involved in crash that killed dispatcher
MEDFORD, Ore. -- A 58-year-old dispatcher on her way home from work was killed in an accident caused by a wrong way driver on I-5 early Thursday morning, according to state police.
Authorities say alcohol may be a factor in the crash.
At about 3:17 a.m. on Thursday, State police, Jackson County Sheriff's deputies and EMS crews were called to the scene in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 24.
Authorities say a silver 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by Richard Webster Scott, 32, of Grants Pass, was driving northbound in the right hand southbound lane of I-5, when it ran head-on with a southbound 2006 Honda Civic driven by Karen Lee Greenstein, 58, of Ashland.
State police say Scott was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries.
Greenstein was ejected from her vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators say Greenstein worked for over 20 years for several Jackson County-area emergency dispatch centers, and was on her way home after completing her shift at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.
OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
State police are asking any witnesses who have not spoken to investigators to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111.
The southbound lanes are still closed at this time.
OSP troopers on scene anticipate southbound lanes will remained closed until around noon.