Three sent to hospital after utility vehicle crashes down 100-foot embankment

Three Trees Inc., employees were taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after their side-by-side utility vehicle slid down a 100-foot embankment near Canyonville.

At approximately 12:06 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a crash involving the employees and a Polaris Ranger UTV in the land adjacent to Interstate 5 near milepost 97.

Emergency crews responded to the area and learned that the driver, Mark Harvey, 57, of Grants Pass, had been driving the vehicle down a fairly steep and narrow muddy road when he lost control.

The vehicle then travelled down the embankment for about 100 feet before crashing into a tree.

Harvey was transported from the scene by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford for treatment.

Both passengers, Frederick Hannah, 52, of Lakeside, and Ning Southy, 39, of Roseburg, were transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. Hannah was later treated and released. As of Thursday afternoon, Southy remained in fair condition.

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