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Troopers ID drivers, passengers who died in wrong-way crash on I-5 in Douglas County

(File photo)

RICE HILL, Ore. – Authorities say a Vancouver resident was driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 Saturday when they crashed head-on with a car filled with teenagers in Douglas County, killing all four people involved in the crash.

Initial reports state that Gayle Ward, 65, of Vancouver, Wash. was driving south on I-5 in a red Acura Integra when about 9:30 p.m. they turned around for some reason and started going north.

Ward then collided head-on with a Nissan Murano driven by 18-year-old Jennifer Montano near the Rice Hill exit, and both cars caught fire.

Other drivers stopped and helped get Montano’s passengers, Luciana Tellez-Cabezas and Esmeralda Nava, also 18 years old, and from White City, out of the vehicle.

It was too dangerous for the bystanders to safely get Montano or Ward out of the burning cars, Oregon State Police reported.

All four were pronounced deceased, officials said.

Law enforcement closed I-5 south for five hours to investigate the crash.

If you have any helpful information on this crash or saw the Acura Integra before the collision, they want you to call (541) 440-3333.

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