Good samaritans credited for helping victims of serious crash

Grants Pass, Ore.- Witnesses are being credited for helping victims of a serious accident while emergency crews organized their response.

The high impact T-bone crash happened Tuesday night at the intersection of Jerome Prairie Rd. and Midway Ave. in Grants Pass. When emergency crews arrived, they found five patients who needed immediate medical attention.

According to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, an preliminary investigation shows a Toyta SUV driven by Desiree Dawson was traveling northbound on Midway Avenue when it failed to stop at a stop sign. The Toyota was then hit by a Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Glenn Terpening.

Deputies said Dawson and her three children were taken to the hospital. Two of the children were later transported to Dornbecker’s Children’s Hospital in Portland where they are in critical condition. Terpening was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries

Rural Metro Fire says several bystanders provided help at the scene, including a woman who stayed with one young patient in the back seat of the SUV.

“The calm, confident and caring actions shown the young patient was truly comforting in such a traumatic event,” said the department in a media release issued Tuesday night.

Dawson was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and will release more information when it becomes available.

(This article has been updated from a previous version to include more details about the crash.)

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