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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation
into the cause of Monday afternoon's non-injury multi-vehicle crash on
Interstate 5 near milepost 1 88 south of Eugene.
According to Senior Trooper Rick Hamilton, on January 27, 2014, at 2:56 p.m., a
tow truck belonging to Crockett Interstate Towing was in the process of
recovering a disabled 1986 Leyland Olympian Double Decker Bus on the northbound
shoulder of Interstate 5 near milepost 188.
A 2011 Ford Utility truck, operated by BARRY WILLIAMSON, age 42, from Dexter,
was northbound in the left lane approaching the location of where the tow truck
was recovering the disabled double decker bus. At the same time a 1996 Ken
Worth Log truck, operated by JOHN LOSTROM, age 38, from Veneta was hauling two
trailers loaded with logs northbound in the right lane also approaching the
location of where the tow truck was recovering the double decker bus.
Evidence at the scene indicates that the Ford Utility truck crossed into the
right lane and sideswiped the Ken Worth log truck. The collision caused the log
truck to veer out of control and the rear trailer went over on its side losing
all of the logs. When the logs came off the trailer they hit both the double
decker bus and the tow truck.
It was determined that at the time of the crash that an employee of Crockett
Interstate Towing, RODNEY MIDKIFF, age 45, from Eugene, was under the double
decker bus working to hook it up to the tow truck. MIDKIFF escaped injury when
the logs hit the bus.
All occupants were wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash and none
of the involved parties received any injuries. Interstate 5 was briefly closed
and one northbound lane remained closed for several hours while the scene was
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation
(ODOT), Local Fire & EMS, and Crockett Interstate Towing. OSP troopers from
the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation and no
enforcement action has been taken at this time.
Photos provided by OSP
Lt. Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police