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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation
into Tuesday morning's single vehicle fatal crash at Exit 172 off of I-5 south
of Cottage Grove. The involved vehicle was a semi-truck and flatbed trailer
According to Sergeant Casey Codding, on January 28, 2014, at approximately 6:39
a.m., a 2010 Ken Worth semi-truck and flatbed trailer, operated by SANTIAGO
GIRON, age 49, from Phelon, California, was southbound on the Exit 172 off ramp
from I-5. The semi-truck and flatbed trailer that was loaded with lumber rolled
as it approached the stop sign for London Road. GIRON died at the scene from
injuries sustained during the crash.
Initially first responders received information of a possible passenger
associated with the semi-truck. First responders solicited the assistance of a
front-end loader from Weyerhaeuser to lift the flatbed trailer off of the cab
portion of the semi-truck to confirm there were no passengers.
OSP troopers from the Springfield area command are continuing the investigation
into the cause of the crash. It is unknown whether GIRON was wearing safety
OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, South Lane Fire and Rescue, Northwest
Hazmat, and Weyerhaeuser personnel. The exit was closed for several hours
during the investigation.
Photographs courtesy of OSP
Lt. Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police