High winds to blame for car crash in Douglas County

oregon-douglas-countyA Grants Pass woman was injured Saturday when her car collided with a tree blown onto the road by high winds on Highway 230 in southeast Douglas County. Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT urge drivers to use caution when traveling on highways in forested areas during windy conditions and be alert for wind-caused fallen trees and debris.

According to Senior Trooper Joe Smith, on October 25, 2014 at approximately 10:50 a.m., a passenger car driven by Kristen Daniels, age 42, from Grants Pass, was westbound on Highway 230 near milepost 12 when high winds blew a pine tree, estimated 40 feet tall and 10 inches in diameter, down onto the hood of her car just missing smashing the windshield.

The impact broke the tree and caused Daniels to lose control as her car spun across the eastbound lane and crashed head-on into another pine tree off the highway.

Daniels received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to Providence Medical Center in Medford. She was using safety restraints and the car’s airbags deployed.