Two dead, four injured in crash on icy highway

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Two people died and four others were injured Friday night in a car crash that closed an icy stretch of Highway 140W for over five hours, state police said.

Just after 6 p.m. Friday, Jacob Layer, 37 of Medford, was driving his Toyota pickup east on the highway with his 8-year-old son when he crossed over the center line near milepost 18 (east of Highway 62).

A westbound Honda Passport with 4 occupants hit the truck in its right side, sending the SUV off the roadway. The truck stopped in the middle of the road.

Police officials said that the roadway was icy near the crash scene.

Larisa Bailey, 25 of Klamath Falls, was riding in the passenger seat of the Passport when it crashed. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver, Kristi Duncan, 34 of Klamath Falls, was flown by helicopter to the Rogue Valley Regional Medical Center where she died. Crash investigators said that both of those women were not wearing seat belts.

Kenneth Tevald, 39 of Weathersford, Connecticut, and Dennis Gillespie, 23 of Klamath Falls, were sitting in the back seat when the car crashed. The two men were also taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center with serious injuries sustained in the crash.

Later on, officials said that Gillespie was transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

Layer and his 8-year-old son were taken to Rogue Valley Medical Center; police said that their injuries are non-life threatening.

State police and the Oregon Department of Transportation closed the highway for over 5 hours while crews worked the crash scene. Police are still working to officially determine the cause of the crash.

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