March 16, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on March 16, 2013 at approximately 10:15 a.m., a 1997 Kenworth dump truck pulling a trailer loaded with a backhoe driven by ALAN IVERSON, age 30, from Kelso, Washington, was northbound downhill on Interstate 5 near milepost 148. For an undetermined reason, the dump truck and trailer traveled off the shoulder and collided with a tree. On impact, the trailer with backhoe separated and skidded further beyond the crash scene until coming to an uncontrolled stop on the northbound side of Interstate 5.
There were no other vehicles involved in the dump truck's collision, but some minor collisions happened on the southbound side of the freeway as other drivers attempted to steer clear of the oncoming trailer in case if came over the center concrete barrier. The trailer and backhoe did not penetrate the barrier into the southbound lanes.
Several gallons of diesel fuel spilled across both northbound lanes. Due to incoming wet weather, both lanes were closed over hour lane so ODOT personnel could clean up the fuel to prevent passing traffic from encountering slick conditions.
IVERSON was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Passenger DOUGLAS WHITE, age 61, from North Bend, was transported by air ambulance with more serious injuries. Both were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. An OSP truck safety expert is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Douglas Fire & Rescue, and ODOT.