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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek

August 15, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash in southern Oregon along the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. The victim and driver names are released in this update. No enforcement decision expected until investigation is completed and reviewed by the district attorney's office.

Updated information indicates on August 14, 2013 at approximately 1:07 p.m., a 1994 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by JOSE GUADALUPE BOTELLO SR, age 58, from Salem, was traveling on Interstate 5 near milepost 76 in the right northbound lane. An employee for Knife River Corporation working on a paving project stopped a pickup and arrow board trailer on the right shoulder with overhead caution lights and emergency flashers activated. The employee, KATHLEEN ROBERTA WILSON, age 60, from Trail, Oregon, was outside of the pickup breaking down a portable sign standing in the grass next to the guardrail on the opposite side of the freeway.

As the Freightliner truck approached the parked pickup and trailer, it traveled across the right fog light and sideswiped the trailer and pickup. The impacted caused a portion of the trailer to go over the top of the guardrail and strike WILSON.

Unaware that someone was injured, the truck's driver pulled off the freeway at a nearby interchange and stopped at a fueling station. BOTELLO ran back to the scene and was contacted by an OSP trooper. BOTELLO, who was driving for Tree Line Transportation Inc. out of Turner, Oregon, has cooperated in the investigation. He was not injured.

After emergency responders arrived on scene, WILSON was pronounced deceased.

One northbound lane of Interstate 5 at the scene was blocked during the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and other local emergency responders.

No other information to be released at this time.

Questions for Knife River Corportation can be directed to Tony Spilde, MdU Resources Group, at (701) 530-1061.


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