18-year-old intentionally crashes car near Gold Hill
An 18-year-old Gold Hill resident is being treated for injuries in Rogue Regional Medical Center and undergoing a mental health evaluation after he crashed his car into a power pole along Highway 234 about five miles north east of Gold Hill Monday at roughly 3:30 p.m.
The Oregon State Police say the male driver drove his Nissan Pathfinder at approximately 60 mph into a power pole with the intent to harm himself. The impact sheared the power pole in half and after the crash the driver exited the vehicle and collapsed into a nearby ditch where a bystander cared for him until paramedics arrived.
OSP troopers, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Pacific Power crews and ODOT flaggers responded to the scene and directed traffic while repairs were made.