Springfield woman dies in rollover crash on River Road

Springfield woman dies in rollover crash on River Road
Morgan Smither (photo from her Facebook page)

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- A woman died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday night when she rolled her SUV while driving on River Road near Brown's Landing, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

At around 8:45 p.m. Thursday the sheriff's office responded to the single-vehicle crash on River Road near Brown's Landing State Park (east of Junction City)

Officers arrived to find that a dark blue Ford Explorer had rolled multiple times, coming to a stop in the middle of the road.  During the crash the vehicle ran into a power pole, breaking it off at its base and causing power outages in the area.

Responding medics confirmed that the lone occupant, a Springfield woman in her 20's, was dead at the scene.

Crash investigators determined that the woman, later identified as Morgan taraMarie Smither, 26 of Springfield, lost control of her SUV in a slight curve on River Road. The Ford Explorer left the roadway and hit the power pole, sending the SUV into a roll.

Just before the reported crash the sheriff's office received calls about a vehicle speeding and passing multiple cars on River Road. 

Officials think that her rate of speed was a factor, adding that there is no indication that alcohol contributed to the crash. The woman was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Emergency crews closed down River Road for nearly 4 hours while they cleared the wreckage. The sheriff's office said that LifeFlight, Junction City medics and Lane Rural Fire Department were all called out to the scene.