April 20, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) Hazardous Device Technicians removed and checked three suspicious containers from underneath the southbound Interstate 5 bridge over the Santiam River Saturday afternoon near milepost 240 and determined they contained small dead animals. The response to remove the unknown objects caused a temporary traffic delay as troopers slowed traffic to allow technicians time to remove the objects without having to completely stop traffic.
According to Sergeant Craig Ball, on April 20, 2013 at approximately 12:22 p.m., OSP troopers responded to a report that children playing near the overpass and river reported seeing suspicious objects under the freeway bridge. The children reported it to a rest area caretaker who called OSP. The three different sized containers were wrapped in duct tape so troopers requested OSP Hazardous Device Technicians to respond and evaluate before the the containers were removed.
After arrival and initial assessment, to facilitate the removal while trying to minimize traffic impact,OSP troopers did a slow roll of southbound traffic starting at milepost 253 about thirteen miles north of the scene. Troopers tried to keep traffic moving about 25 mph to allow time for other southbound traffic to clear allowing the objects to be safely removed to a separate location for further inspection. The slow roll of traffic lasted about 15 minutes.
After removing the three containers, Hazardous Device Technicians x-rayed them and found they each contained small dead animals and birds. It is not known who or why the containers were placed there.