DOUGLAS COUNTY, OR - The Oregon State Police(OSP) is reporting that on Monday, January 2, 2023, at approximately 9:30 P.M., OSP responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 42, near milepost 70.5, in Douglas County.
The preliminary investigation indicated a GMC Yukon, operated by Jimmy Brown (35) of Ten Mile, was towing another GMC Yukon when it crossed into oncoming lanes and crashed head-on into a fully loaded Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle, operated by Garret Mizuno (30) of Myrtle Creek.
The GMC Yukon operator and passenger, Jason Elam (35) of Ten Mile, were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The operator of the Peterbilt was transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained during the crash and was cooperative with the investigation.
OSP was assisted by the Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire, the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office, and ODOT.