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Two Injured, One Seriously, Following Crash and Vehicle Fire on Interstate 5
08/24/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Portland-area couple returning from a camping trip were injured Monday afternoon, one of them suffering serious burns, after losing control of their pickup and boat trailer on Interstate 5 south of Woodburn. The pickup and boat trailer flipped in the center median and subsequently caught fire, and with the help of two people they were pulled away before an explosion led to a fully engulfed fire.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Recruit Trooper Jennifer Russell, on August 24, 2009 at approximately 5:33 p.m. a 1968 GMC pickup with camper pulling a loaded boat trailer was operated by FRED STOCK, age 74, from Portland, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 268. FRED and his wife, CLAUDINE STOCK, age 74, were returning from a camping trip at Detroit Lake.
 
As they were northbound, the boat trailer began to fishtail and FRED STOCK tried to keep the pickup under control but was unable to do so as both pickup and trailer slid sideways from the far right lane into the center median. The pickup and trailer struck the center cable barrier and flipped over in the median.
 
Shortly after coming to a stop a fire began in the pickup and was spreading into the passenger compartment. The couple was assisted out of the pickup by two people who stopped identified as MERLE STUTZMAN from Hubbard and NATHANIEL MERRILL from Corvallis.
 
According to witnesses, about 25 seconds after they were pulled away from the pickup and moved to safety there was a loud explosion, possibly from one of the 2 propane tanks, and then the pickup and boat trailer were engulfed in flames.
 
FRED STOCK was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with serious burn-related injuries. CLAUDINE STOCK was checked at the scene by paramedics and cleared to leave with her daughter who was traveling in front in a separate vehicle. She was to also go to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for treatment of minor burn injuries.
 
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office were assisted at the scene by ODOT and fire personnel from Marion County and Woodburn. The left northbound lane was closed about 90 minutes while fire personnel extinguished the center median fire.