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Teenage Girl Dies In Oregon Rollover Accident

Date:  December 14, 2011
Location:  Interstate 5, milepost 106, south of Myrtle Creek
Names:  Megan Phariss, Paige Williams

A single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 Wednesday morning resulted in the death of a 16-year-old Myrtle Creek girl. Police say road conditions were dry when the accident occurred.

According to the report on, the accident happened just before 8 a.m., when a 1996 Honda Accord was southbound on I-5, near milepost 106, just south of Myrtle Creek. The car was being driven by Paige Williams, 17, of Myrtle Creek. For reasons still unknown, the car left the roadway and rolled before coming to a rest on its top in a field alongside the highway.

When emergency responders arrived on the scene, they discovered that a passenger in the car, Meghan Phariss, 16, of Myrtle Creek, had been killed in the crash. Williams was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

We send our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Meghan Phariss at this terrible time, and we wish Paige Williams a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

While accidents like this one can seem black or white, a closer investigation will sometimes turn up a surprise. Many will assume that the driver fell asleep at the wheel, or stopped paying attention for some other reason. And perhaps that is exactly what happened. But there are many other possibilities as well. Poor road conditions may have caused this wreck. If that is the case, there may be a lawsuit available against the city/county/state. Such a lawsuit would allow the injured person to receive compensation and hopefully prevent future accidents on that stretch of road.

Maybe the car was recently brought in for a tune-up, and the mechanic replaced the steering mechanism carelessly, and the car lost steering. These things happen, and when someone is seriously injured or tragically killed, as in this case, a competent Oregon personal injury attorney can investigate and find out what happened. Usually at no cost. For more information on what to do in the case of an Oregon accident, contact our office or read 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case.

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