Tire Blow Out Causes Rollover Crash on I-5
Date: June 29, 2013
Location: Interstate 5, Ashland
Names: Amy Shoulders, Kyle Shoulders and unnamed passengers
41-year-old Kyle Shoulders was heading south on the interstate in the late afternoon, with three passengers in his 1998 Ford Ranger. One of his tires blew out and Shoulders lost control of the vehicle. It traveled across the center median before rolling over and landing on its top.
One of the passengers, Amy Shoulders, 41, was ejected from the covered pickup bed. The driver and two other passengers, a 14-year-old male and 21-year-old female, crawled from the wreckage following the accident. All were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Their current conditions are not known.
The accident held up traffic for about an hour, as the freeways northbound lanes had to be shut down. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Phoenix and Talent police, Ashland Fire & Rescue, Jackson County Fire District No. 5 and the Oregon Department of Transportation helped the Oregon State Police to clear the scene.
We would like to extend our best wishes for a full recovery to all parties involved in this collision. Our thoughts are with you all as you recover from this terrible accident.
While many single car accidents are considered to be the fault of the driver, it is not uncommon for these types of accidents to be more complex than they appear. Poorly maintained roads, bad signage or traffic control devices, negligent mechanics, car manufacturing defects and/or poor design, can all contribute to a single-car accident.
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If you or someone you know has been involved in a single car accident that they believe was not their fault, consider talking to an experienced Portland accident attorney or reading 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case, which can answer the most common questions people have after a car accident.