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Semi crushes car on I-5

Semi crushes car on I-5

On November 4, 2013, about 5:00 p.m., a crash was reported involving two commercial trucks and a passenger vehicle that was lodged underneath a truck tractor in the right hand southbound lane. The three southbound lanes were blocked for four hours as traffic used the inside shoulder to pass the crash scene. The southbound off ramp to Donald/Aurora area was also closed.

Preliminary investigation indicates as traffic was slowing, a 1991 Acura Integra driven by Dustin Campbell, age 26, from Lyons, was southbound in the far right hand lane when it was struck from behind by a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by Gurpinder Singh, age 27, from Red Bluff, California. The commercial truck rode over the top of the Acura and then rearended a semi-trailer that was traveling in front of the Acura.

Because the Acura was crushed and pinned underneath the commercial truck driven by SINGH, confirmation that the car's occupants was deceased took some time until fire and medical responders were able to get enough access to check the car's passenger compartment. Campbell was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Singh was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

A tow company was dispatched to the scene to remove the involved vehicles to a secondary location off the freeway to extricate the victim.

OSP was assisted at the scene by fire personnel from Aurora Department, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Woodburn Fire Department. ODOT coordinated traffic flow and scene management. The southbound lanes were re-opened completely about 9:15 p.m.

OSP troopers, with the assistance of Collision Reconstructionists, are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. No enforcement action taken pending completion of the investigation.

Photo: ODOT

 

 

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