July 17, 2017 11:35 a.m.
A Eugene woman died and her husband was critically injured when a van left Interstate Five on Sunday afternoon.
A report from Oregon State Police says that at about 5:00 p.m. first responders were sent to a single vehicle rollover accident on the freeway, three miles south of Sutherlin. The preliminary investigation revealed that 22 year old Taylor Nieri was southbound when one of the tires on her van blew causing the driver to lose control. The van went off the roadway and onto the shoulder where it rolled multiple times. It finally stopped on its top, after crossing Rogers Road, which is a county road that is adjacent to the freeway.
The driver was declared deceased at the scene by first responders. The rear seat passenger, 35 year old James Thorpe was ejected during the crash. Thorpe was taken to Mercy Medical Center and later went by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield. His condition is not available.
OSP is continuing to investigate the wreck. The driver was wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash but the passenger was not. Rogers Road was closed for about three hours during the investigation.