Fatal Crash on Interstate 5 – Josephine County

On Sunday, January 31, 2021, at approximately 11:14 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a three vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near mile post 67.

Preliminary investigation revealed that three vehicles were southbound on I-5 when a collision occurred. 

Southbound vehicles were a Toyota Sienna, operated by Denise Watts (37) of Medford, a Buick LCR, operated by Rolland Wytcherley (85) of Wolf Creek, and a Dodge Avenger operated by Wendy Lynn (58) of Grants Pass.

Investigators are still attempting to determine the exact sequence of events but believe poor visibility from rain and fog was a factor.

Watts sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Wytcherley and his passenger, Maria Wytcherley (72) of Wolf Creek, were transported to the hospital with injuries.

Lynn and her passenger were not injured.

OSP was assisted by Rural Metro Fire, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, AMR, and ODOT.