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Aug-19-2007 23:15printcomments

Multi-Car Crash Closes Northbound I-5 in Salem for Two Hours Sunday

Only one person was transported by ambulance to the hospital and her injuries were not life-threatening.

Crash on I-5, Salem, Oregon 8-19-07
Photos: Oregon State Police

(SALEM, Ore.) - A multi-vehicle crash that injured at least one person, closed northbound Interstate 5 in the Salem area over two hours Sunday afternoon.

Police say that around 4:30 PM, a Nissan Pathfinder driven by 62-year old Lola Huish of Salem, was attempting to merge into heavy traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 from the Kuebler Road on-ramp when it reportedly sideswiped an unknown commercial truck in the right northbound lane.

Investigators believe Huish braked as a 1998 Acura driven by 26-year old Vladuslav of Salem, was following her car.

That sudden stop apparently caused a northbound 2002 Peterbilt truck towing a flatbed trailer loaded with machinery, to rear-end the Acura. The truck was driven by 60-year old Willie Joe Hutchieson of Pacific, Washington

This car then sideswiped a 2005 Corvette that was in the left northbound lane.

The Peterbilt truck and trailer subsequently jackknifed and came to a stop blocking the northbound lanes, police said.

The Corvette collided with the Acura before both vehicles came to a stop blocking the left northbound lane. Huish received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital.

No other involved persons required transported from the scene to a hospital. Khokhlov may have been taken by a private party to an area hospital for a checkup.

Oregon State Police troopers from the Salem Area Command office are completing the investigation.

Other agencies lending a hand included Salem Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Traffic was rerouted off Interstate 5 onto area side roads until it was reopened about 6:35 PM and resulted in an extensive backup and delays.




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Anonymous August 21, 2007 12:00 pm (Pacific time)

the acura owner are mad!!!


Deb August 20, 2007 5:01 pm (Pacific time)

And what was the deal on I-5N on Saturday? Looked like a parking lot as we were heading S around 6:30pm.


Anonymous August 20, 2007 4:52 pm (Pacific time)

Too bad no one drives 50.


Anonymous August 20, 2007 2:56 pm (Pacific time)

Its very sad...


Anonymous August 20, 2007 2:28 pm (Pacific time)

i saw the tanker in the water also...does anyone know what that was?


Curious August 20, 2007 2:22 pm (Pacific time)

I agree - where IS the article on the double tanker? I passed it twice yesterday afternoon as well and I'm concerned that nothing has been mentioned about it. They were still dragging it out at 9:oo pm with a huge spotlight and multiple emergency vehicles when I drove back into Portland last night.

Editor's note: Sorry we don't have this, we will publish it if we can get the information


Anonymous August 20, 2007 11:49 am (Pacific time)

I passed through that area about two hours before that accident - traffic was heavy because of a double tanker truck that had gone off the right side of the freeway into a waterway. Hazmat was all over the place. Where's the article on that?


odotiscorrupt August 20, 2007 11:44 am (Pacific time)

The area where this accident occurred is located at the southern boundary of the I-5 widening project. When the northbound entrance from Kuebler and the nearby portion of I-5 were recently brought to the current stage of completion, there was no sign which told drivers that they needed to merge left (because 3 lanes were about to become 2 lanes) and the curvature of the road made it difficult to see that this was the case. After seeing how dangerous this was, I e-mailed the ODOT region 2 manager and a sign was installed soon thereafter. The size and/or location of that sign may not serve to adequately provide sufficient warning to those who enter northbound I-5 from Kuebler. A disproportionate amount of accidents happen at work sites such as this. I believe that the cause, in part, is that ODOT is negligent in taking appropriate steps to make sure that these sites are designed to be as safe as is practical.


Anonymous August 20, 2007 9:40 am (Pacific time)

That Corvette owner must not be happy.

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