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Non-Injury Multi Vehicle Crash Interestate 5 South of Eugene

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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 cleaned up.

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.

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Contact Info:
Lt. Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police