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Freezing Fog Blamed Partly in Multi Car Crash on I-5Salem-News.com
One driver was seriously injured and had to be extricated by emergency responders.
(ALBANY, Ore.) - Police say freezing fog contributed to hazardous driving conditions early Sunday morning in southern Linn County.
It kept officers and emergency responders busy covering numerous traffic crashes included one on Interstate 5 north of Harrisburg that closed the freeway for at least two hours.
Around 4:22 AM, calls began coming in at Oregon State Police dispatch and 9-1-1, reporting a multi-vehicle crash northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 215.
Oregon State Police troopers were called out from their residence and deputies from Linn County Sheriff's Office responded as did several local fire and medical personnel.
Preliminary information indicates a northbound commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer drove upon a vehicle in the center median and attempted to slow down. The truck driver lost control and the truck / trailer jackknifed, coming to a stop across the northbound lanes. As the driver got out to warn and slow approaching traffic, a northbound Nissan driven by a female crashed into the side of the semi-trailer. The top of the Nissan was sheared as it became stuck under the trailer.
Three other passenger vehicles were also unable to stop and crashed into the side of the semi-trailer.
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The Nissan's driver was seriously injured and had to be extricated by emergency responders. She was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The other three drivers received minor injuries but did not require transport to a hospital.
Troopers report that several other minor crashes happened in the area, including some in a three mile section of the freeway near the main crash mentioned above. Other crashes also happened on secondary highways in the area.
ODOT responded to assist with traffic and guardrail crash damage at the various scenes.
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