SH driver injured in Hwy. 228 crash

A Sweet Home man was injured Monday evening, May 13, when his pickup hit a tree head-on on Highway 228, Oregon State Police said.

According to police, a Ford pickup driven by Jerico Joshua Jones, 42, of Sweet Home was headed westbound on Highway 228 near milepost 20 about 6:15 p.m. when, a witness told police, the truck veered to its left into the eastbound lane of travel, then crashed into the tree.

Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District personnel responded and extricated Jones, who was trapped in the driver’s seat under the engine compartment and vehicle debris until Sweet Home firefighters and medics extricated him from the vehicle.

Medics transported Jones to Holley School where an air ambulance took him to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield, where he was treated for life-threatening injuries. The truck was removed from the scene by Rice Towing.

The crash remains under investigation by OSP.