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Fiery Truck Crash Halts Traffic on I-5 Sunday

Neither the driver of the truck or her passenger were injured.

Crash scene near Eugene, Oregon 4-20-08
Photo of crash scene: Oregon State Police

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) - Police say a commercial truck was destroyed following a Sunday evening fire after it crashed on Interstate 5 southbound between Eugene and Coburg in a highway construction zone.

The driver and passenger were not injured, and the southbound lanes are anticipated to remain closed for about 3 more hours, according to Sergeant Ted Phillips with Oregon State Police in Springfield.

Phillips says that at approximately 8:30 PM, a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer carrying miscellaneous hardware products including paint driven by 39-year old Crystal A. Keys of Independence, Oregon, southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 196.

"The truck crashed into construction barriers and eventually came to a stop blocking the left southbound lane in the work zone where it caught fire and was destroyed," Phillips said.

Fire personnel from Coburg and Springfield fire departments responded. A regional hazardous materials team was enroute to assist with clean up and clearing the scene.

Phillips says that neither Keys nor her passenger were injured.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are completing the investigation.

He said that ODOT remained on scene and has detoured southbound traffic exiting at the Coburg interchange for some time. Significant delays were reported for southbound traffic. Northbound lanes were closed for about 90 minutes.

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