During the night of January 5th, there was a serious accident on the i 5 in Oregon. The chain-reaction crash claimed the lives of two people and injured at least 20 others. The closure of the highway is still in effect. The accident happened when a semi-truck was jackknifed.
Earlier this morning, a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 5 in Oregon led to a 10-mile stretch of freeway being closed for hours. This was the second of two crashes on the interstate within six hours of each other, according to the Oregon State Police. The accident involved two trucks, a Mustang and a Nissan Armada, and at least one fatality.
The crash happened on Interstate 5 in Linn County near Salem. The crash involved two semi trucks, two cars, two other trucks, and at least 45 passenger vehicles. The pileup was so colossal, it completely blocked the southbound lanes of I-5 for hours. The Oregon Department of Transportation temporarily dropped a cable barrier between the southbound and northbound lanes to let drivers pass through the jam.
A semi truck driver was killed in the accident. A second truck driver and two other cars were also involved. Both trucks left the roadway and ended up on the side of the Columbia River. One of the trucks leaked fuel, while the other caught on fire.
Hundreds of drivers were forced to take detours today following an accident on I-5 in Oregon. The accident occurred near the Halsey-Brownsville exit. According to the Oregon State Police, the incident was caused by a semi-truck jackknifed in the lanes of travel.
Approximately 45 vehicles were involved in the crash. The jackknifed semi-truck closed the southbound lanes of I-5 in the area near Albany. The crash blocked the interstate for more than a mile. The Oregon Department of Transportation was on hand to remove trailers from the embankment and tow vehicles out of the roadway.
The Oregon State Police confirmed one fatality at the scene. The Department of Environmental Quality and the hazmat team also rushed to the scene to clean up the mess. The hazmat team worked to control fluid leakage from six of the vehicles involved in the crash.
Photos taken from the scene show a line of vehicles piled up on the freeway and emergency vehicles surrounding them. Some drivers were able to turn around and drive away, while others were forced to detour around the area.
Several crashes occurred Wednesday morning on Interstate 5 in Oregon, including a fatal accident. The Oregon Department of Transportation tweeted out the news on their social media site, and said that multiple crashes were occurring in the area during heavy fog.
The chain-reaction crash occurred at 7:42 a.m. PDT on I-5 southbound between Salem and Eugene in Linn County. According to OSP, 15 to 20 commercial trucks and 45 passenger cars were involved in the pileup. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) responded to the scene to clean up fluids and spilled materials.
The OSP said that four other people were injured and taken to local hospitals. One of the crashes involved a semi-truck. The other two crashes involved three and four vehicles, respectively. A second person was killed in the second crash.
Photos at the scene showed a line of cars on the freeway surrounded by emergency vehicles. At least one vehicle was overturned and the driver had non-life-threatening injuries.
Earlier today, a big rig jackknifed on southbound Interstate 5 near Albany. The semi truck damaged a large portion of the guardrail, leaving the lanes of travel partially blocked. There were multiple pileups in the area, which also led to the closure.
The Oregon State Police (OSP) is on the scene, and says that a total of 45 passenger cars and 15 to 20 commercial trucks were involved in the crashes. The driver of one of the vehicles was injured in the crash. One passenger in the vehicle was in critical condition.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is on the scene, and is assisting with fluid leakage from six commercial trucks. A HazMat crew is attempting to control the fluids. A passenger in the Toyota Camry was transported to Bend hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Oregon State Police is still investigating the cause of the accident. They say that thick fog contributed to the crashes. They are also looking into whether or not there were other crashes, including a fatal crash that occurred in Eugene.