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I-5 crash near Roseburg takes Eugene resident's life, another in critical condition

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's fatal motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

Around 5 p.m., OSP and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover on I-5 near milepost 133.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Chevy van, driven by 22-year-old Taylor Nieri of Eugene, was southbound when one of its tires blew out causing Nieri to lose control.

Police say the van went off the roadway and onto the shoulder where it rolled multiple times before it came to an uncontrolled rest on its top after crossing Rogers Road, a county road adjacent to the Interstate 5.

During the crash, the rear passenger, 35-year-old James Thorpe of Eugene, was ejected.

Nieri was declared dead at the crash scene by first responders.

Thorpe was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and later taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart at Riverbend for critical injuries.

OSP is continuing the investigation into the crash.

Nieri was wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash; Thorpe was not, according to the report.

Rogers Road was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Sutherlin Police Department, Douglas County Fire District 2, Roseburg Towing, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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