September 10, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Interstate 5 southbound lanes were blocked for over two hours near Wilsonville following an injury traffic crash involving a commercial truck and a vehicle pulling a trailer with a boat. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation and no enforcement action taken at this time.
On September 10, 2013 at approximately 9:45 a.m., a Chevrolet Suburban pulling a trailer loaded with a boat was traveling southbound in the right lane near milepost 282 passing a commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer which was in the center lane. As the Chevrolet Suburban driven by BRUCE A. HECHT, age 56, from Portland, passed the commercial truck it began to jackknife while slowing for traffic ahead. The trailer loaded with a boat slid sideways and was struck by the commercial truck as its driver attempted to slow down, knocking the boat off the trailer. The truck then crashed into the the Suburban. When the involved vehicles came to a stop, they were blocking the freeway and a diesel spill was reported from the commercial truck.
The truck's driver, CHUCK L. RUBY, age 42, from Salem, was transported by ambulance to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
One lane was re-opened for traffic at approximately 10:40 a.m. All lanes were open by 12 noon with an extensive backup to the north of the Wilsonville area.
OSP troopers from the Portland and Salem offices were assisted by ODOT and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Senior Trooper Jim Neufeldt is the lead investigator.
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