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Driver Cited After Truck Crash Closes Interstate 5 North of Cottage Grove
June 9, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's multi-vehicle minor injury traffic crash that led to a closure of northbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Cottage Grove for a couple hours.
 
According to Trooper Ryan Hockema, on June 9, 2013 at approximately 11:35 a.m., a commercial truck driven by ROBERT L. MITCHAM, age 55, from Owaso, Oklahoma, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 176 in the right hand lane when traffic began slowing ahead. The truck failed to stop, colliding into a 2005 Ford Ecape with four occupants and then into the back of a semi-trailer pulled by another commercial truck. Both involved trucks and trailers came to a stop about 200 feet north of the impact scene and vehicle debris was laying on the freeway lanes.
 
MITCHAM and his passenger NATHAN MITCHAM, age 19, received minor injuries. The vehicle was registered to Knight Transportation. They were transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. ROBERT MITCHAM was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
 
The Ford's driver, APRIL D. SEXTON, age 38, from Cottage Grove, was not reported injured. Her three passengers ages 13, 9, and 8, also reportedly had minor injury but there is no indication any of the injured people were transported to a hospital for treatment.
 
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to the crash. They were assisted at the scene by South Lane County Fire and Rescue and ODOT.